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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)

Abstract

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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Pump Power Spontaneous Emission Pump Rate Condensed Matter System Vacuum Field 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

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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