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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 19 — Sep. 19, 2005
  • pp: 7683–7698

Electron energy loss and Smith-Purcell radiation in two- and three-dimensional photonic crystals

Tetsuyuki Ochiai and Kazuo Ohtaka  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 19, pp. 7683-7698 (2005)

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A theoretical description of the electron energy loss and the Smith-Purcell radiation is presented for an electron moving near a two-dimensional photonic crystal slab and a three-dimensional woodpile photonic crystal. The electron energy loss and the Smith-Purcell radiation spectra are well correlated with the photonic band structures of these crystals and thus can be used as a probe of them. In particular, there is a selection rule concerning the symmetries of the photonic band modes to be excited when the electron moves in a mirror plane of the crystals. In the woodpile, a highly directional Smith-Purcell radiation is realized by using the planar defect mode inside the complete band gap.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(300.2140) Spectroscopy : Emission

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: August 11, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2005
Published: September 19, 2005

Tetsuyuki Ochiai and Kazuo Ohtaka, "Electron energy loss and Smith-Purcell radiation in two- and three-dimensional photonic crystals," Opt. Express 13, 7683-7698 (2005)

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