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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 16 — Aug. 7, 2006
  • pp: 7398–7419

Modification of spontaneous emission in Bragg onion resonators

Wei Liang, Yanyi Huang, Amnon Yariv, Yong Xu, and Shawn-Yu Lin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 16, pp. 7398-7419 (2006)

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We formulated an analytical model and analyzed the modification of spontaneous emission in Bragg onion resonators. We consider both the case of a single light emitter and a uniformly distributed ensemble of light emitters within the resonator. We obtain an expression for the average radiation rate of the light emitters ensemble and discuss the modification of the average radiation rate as a function of cavity parameters such as the core radius, the number of Bragg cladding layers, the index contrast of the Bragg cladding, and the refractive index of surrounding medium. We also consider the possibility of non-exponential decay of the light emitter ensemble due to the strong dependence of spontaneous emission on the location and polarization of individual light emitter. We conclude that Bragg onion resonators can both enhance and inhibit spontaneous emission by several orders of magnitude. This property can have significant impact in the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED).

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: May 25, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2006
Published: August 7, 2006

Wei Liang, Yanyi Huang, Amnon Yariv, Yong Xu, and Shawn-Yu Lin, "Modification of spontaneous emission in Bragg onion resonators," Opt. Express 14, 7398-7419 (2006)

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