Tunnelling of vacuum fluctuations in a 3D photonic band gap; Strongly inhibited spontaneous emission

E. Yeganegi, A. Lagendijk, A. P. Mosk, W. L. Vos

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Abstract

Control over spontaneous emission has many applications ranging from solar energy harvesting and lasing, to single-photon sources for quantum information and telecommunication. As described by Fermi's 'golden rule', the radiative decay rate of the emitters is proportional to the local density of optical states (LDOS) [1,2]. The LDOS counts all available optical modes and is interpreted as the strength of the vacuum fluctuations. In certain three-dimensional crystals, a frequency range exist for all polarizations for which light is not allowed to propagate in any direction, called the 3D photonic band gap: a frequency range where the density of vacuum fluctuations vanishes in an ideal infinitely large and perfect system [3,4].

Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and International Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-IQEC 2013 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 12 May 201316 May 2013

Conference

Conference2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and International Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-IQEC 2013
Abbreviated titleCLEO/Europe-IQEC 2013
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period12/05/1316/05/13

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