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Spontaneous Emission and Laser Oscillation in Microcavities

1st Edition

Edited by Yokoyama Hiroyuki, Kikuo Ujihara

CRC Press

384 pages

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pub: 2019-10-07
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In spite of the increasing importance of microcavities, device physics or the observable phenomena in optical microcavities such as enhanced or inhibited spontaneous emission and its relation with the laser oscillation has not been systematically well-described-until now. Spontaneous Emission and Laser Oscillation in Microcavities presents the basics of optical microcavities. The volume is divided into ten chapters, each written by respected authorities in their areas. The book surveys several methods describing free space spontaneous emission and discusses changes in the feature due to the presence of a cavity. The effect of dephasing of vacuum fields on spontaneous emission in a microcavity and the effects of atomic broadening on spontaneous emission in an optical microcavity are examined. The book details the splitting in transmission peaks of planar microcavities containing semiconductor quantum wells. A simple but useful way to consider the change in the spontaneous emission rate from the viewpoint of mode density alteration by wavelength-sized cavities is provided. Authors also discuss the spontaneous emission in dielectric planar microcavities. Spontaneous emission in microcavity surface emitting lasers is covered, as are the effects of electron confinement in semiconductor quantum wells, wires, and boxes also given. The volume extends the controlling spontaneous emission phenomenon to laser oscillation. Starting from the Fermi golden rule, the microcavity laser rate equations are derived, and the oscillation characteristics are analyzed. Recent progress in optical microcavity experiments is summarized, and the applicability in massively optical parallel processing systems and demands for the device performance are explored. This volume is extremely useful as a textbook for graduate and postgraduate students and works well as a unique reference for researchers beginning to study in the field.

Table of Contents

Spontaneous Emission in Optical Cavities: A Tutorial Review, E.V. Goldstein and P. Meystre


Free Space Spontaneous Emission

Spontaneous Emission in Cavities

Velocity-Dependent Spontaneous Emission


A Simple Theory on the Effect of Dephasing of Vacuum Fields on Spontaneous Emission in a Microcavity, Y. Lee


Theoretical Model I

Theoretical Model II


Appendicies A-C

Effects of Atomic Broadening on Spontaneous Emission in an Optical Microcavity, K. Ujihara


Analysis of Spontaneous Emission

Discussion and Conclusion

Microcavities and Semiconductors: The Strong-Coupling Regime, C. Weisbuch, R. Houdré, and R.P. Stanley


The Fabry-Pérot Resonator: A Planar Microcavity

Models of Strong Light-Matter Coupling

Optics of Semiconductors


Electromagnetic Field Mode Density Calculated via Mode Counting, S.D. Brorson


No Confinement: A Dipole in Free Space

One Dimension of Confinement: The Planar Mirror Cavity

Two Dimensions of Confinement: The Waveguide Cavity

Three Dimensions of Confinement: The Box Microcavity


Spontaneous Emission in Dielectric Planar Microcavities, G. Björk and Y. Yamamoto


The Ideal Planar Cavity

Fundamentals of Dielectric Bragg Mirrors

Dielectric Cavity Spontaneous Emission Pattern

Dielectric Cavity Spontaneous Emission Lifetime

Dielectric Cavity Stimulated Emission

Conclusions and Outlooks

Spontaneous Emission in Microcavity Surface Emitting Lasers, T. Baba and K. Iga


Spontaneous Emission in a Microcavity

Expression of Radiation Energy

Modes in Microcavity SELS

Spontaneous Emission Factor

Effects of Electron Quantum Confinement

Lasing Characteristics


Spontaneous and Stimulated Emission in the Microcavity Laser, H. Yokoyama


Photon Emission in Microcavities

Microcavity Lasers

About the Editors

Hiroyuki Yokoyama

Kikuo Ujihara

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