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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2623–2625

Highly directional radiation generated by a tungsten thermal source

M. Laroche, C. Arnold, F. Marquier, R. Carminati, J.-J. Greffet, S. Collin, N. Bardou, and J.-L. Pelouard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 19, pp. 2623-2625 (2005)

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We report the design of a tungsten thermal source with extraordinarily high directivity in the near infrared, comparable to the directivity of a CO2 laser. This high directivity is the signature of the long-range correlation of the electromagnetic field in the source plane. This phenomenon is due to the resonant thermal excitation of surface-plasmon polaritons.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves

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Optical Devices

M. Laroche, C. Arnold, F. Marquier, R. Carminati, J.-J. Greffet, S. Collin, N. Bardou, and J.-L. Pelouard, "Highly directional radiation generated by a tungsten thermal source," Opt. Lett. 30, 2623-2625 (2005)

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