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  • Vol. 35, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2010
  • pp: 4208–4210

On the use of Purcell factors for plasmon antennas

A. F. Koenderink  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 24, pp. 4208-4210 (2010)

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The Purcell factor is the standard figure of merit for spontaneous emission enhancement in microcavities and has also been proposed to describe emission enhancements for plasmonic resonances. A comparison of quality factor, mode volume, and Purcell factor for single and coupled plasmon spheres to exact calculations of emission rates shows that a Purcell factor derived from quality factor and mode volume does not describe emission changes due to plasmon antennas.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(270.5580) Quantum optics : Quantum electrodynamics

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: September 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 21, 2010
Published: December 15, 2010

A. F. Koenderink, "On the use of Purcell factors for plasmon antennas," Opt. Lett. 35, 4208-4210 (2010)

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