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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10230–10246

Modification of ensemble emission rates and luminescence spectra for inhomogeneously broadened distributions of quantum dots coupled to optical microcavities

A. Meldrum, P. Bianucci, and F. Marsiglio  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10230-10246 (2010)

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We investigate the spontaneous emission modifications when ensembles of quantum dots (QDs) with differing emission frequencies and finite Lorentzian linewidths are coupled to a microcavity. Using contour integrals we develop a general expression for the rate enhancement when neither the emitter nor the cavity resonance can be treated as a delta function. We show that the ensemble cavity-coupled luminescence lifetimes are generally suppressed in the case of spherical cavities and that the spontaneous emission dynamics of the cavity coupled component becomes increasingly stretched as the coupling factor increases. The Q-factor measured from the luminescence spectrum can be much lower than the intrinsic cavity Q-factor, and is in many practical situations limited by the QD spectral width. The mode spectrum observed in the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum can be largely determined by the QD emission linewidth, permitting this parameter to be extracted without requiring single-particle spectroscopy. In the case of Si-QDs, the linewidth cannot be significantly greater than 10 meV in order to observe spherical cavity resonances in the PL spectrum.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(250.5230) Optoelectronics : Photoluminescence
(140.3948) Lasers and laser optics : Microcavity devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: March 17, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 25, 2010
Published: April 30, 2010

A. Meldrum, P. Bianucci, and F. Marsiglio, "Modification of ensemble emission rates and luminescence spectra for inhomogeneously broadened distributions of quantum dots coupled to optical microcavities," Opt. Express 18, 10230-10246 (2010)

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