Coupled dipole method for radiation dynamics in finite photonic crystal structures

Frederic Bordas, Nicolas Louvion, Segolene Callard, P. C. Chaumet, Adel Rahmani

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We present a coupled-dipole treatment of radiation dynamics in the weak-coupling regime in a finite three-dimensional photonic crystal structure. The structure is discretized in real space and the self-consistent local field is computed. We illustrate the computation of radiation dynamics by calculating the spontaneous emission rate for a source located in a defect cavity inside a slab photonic crystal structure. We compute the cavity spectral response, the near-field modal structure, and the far-field radiation pattern of the microcavity. We also discuss our results in light of the recent experimental near-field observations of the optical modes of a photonic crystal microcavity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)056601-1-056601-7
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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