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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: 165–172

Design of single-mode narrow-bandwidth thermal emitters for enhanced infrared light sources

Takuya Inoue, Takashi Asano, Menaka De Zoysa, Ardavan Oskooi, and Susumu Noda  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 1, pp. 165-172 (2013)

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We design efficient thermal emitters based on intersubband transitions (ISB-Ts) in quantum wells and two-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) slabs that have single-mode, very narrowband emission with high emissivity. Our design strategy involves positioning a single isolated mode of the PC within the absorption range of the ISB-T, where the mode’s radiation rate is precisely matched with the absorption rate of the ISB-T. The optimized design for this class of thermal emitters has a single-peak emission with a quality factor of 600, an emissivity of 0.9, and a radiation divergence cone of 20°, surpassing, by a large margin, the performance of previous designs. We also demonstrate, for practical application purposes, that the required input power for our best-performing emitter to reach a given temperature threshold is less than a factor of 200 compared to that of a blackbody.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5590) Optical devices : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices
(350.5610) Other areas of optics : Radiation
(230.5298) Optical devices : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: October 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2012
Published: December 13, 2012

Takuya Inoue, Takashi Asano, Menaka De Zoysa, Ardavan Oskooi, and Susumu Noda, "Design of single-mode narrow-bandwidth thermal emitters for enhanced infrared light sources," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 165-172 (2013)

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