Optical Processes in Microcavities

A new generation of optical microresonators is making possible the exploration of quantum electrodynamic phenomena in condensed matter systems and providing microlasers with a wide range of potential applications.
  • Yoshihisa Yamamoto
  • Richart E. Slusher
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 340)


Studies of optical microresonators with dimensions between 0.1 and 10 microns are now under way in a wide variety of condensed matter systems. Ideally, one can isolate a single mode of the optical field in a cube a half-wavelength on a side with perfectly reflecting walls. Liquid droplets, polymer spheres and semiconductor Fabry-Perot microcavities with dielectric mirrors are examples of microresonators with which one can approach this ideal limit and nearly isolate a few modes of the electromagnetic field from the continuum of surrounding free-space modes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshihisa Yamamoto
    • 1
  • Richart E. Slusher
    • 2
  1. 1.NTT Basic Research LaboratoryStanford UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.AT&T Bell LaboratoriesMurray HillUSA

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