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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 19190–19203

Spectrally selective thermal radiation based on intersubband transitions and photonic crystals

T. Asano, K. Mochizuki, M. Yamaguchi, M. Chaminda, and S. Noda  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 19190-19203 (2009)

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We propose to use a combination of intersubband transitions in semiconductor quantum wells with a two dimensional photonic crystal cavity to obtain narrow, strong thermal radiation spectra. Single peak thermal radiation is obtained due to the Lorentzian shape absorption spectrum of the intersubband transition and the single mode cavity embedded within the photonic band gap. We present an analysis based on the quantum Langevin theory. It is shown that local radiance of the narrow emission peak can be maximized to ~80% of the radiation from the blackbody devices when the photon dissipation rates of the cavity mode due to the intersubband absorption and that due to the radiation to the free space modes are equal. Guidelines for concrete device design are introduced, and an example device structure is shown.

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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:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: July 28, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 29, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2009
Published: October 8, 2009

T. Asano, K. Mochizuki, M. Yamaguchi, M. Chaminda, and S. Noda, "Spectrally selective thermal radiation based on intersubband transitions and photonic crystals," Opt. Express 17, 19190-19203 (2009)

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