Spontaneous Emission suppression via quantum path interference in coupled microcavities

M. M. Dignam*, D. P. Fussell, M. J. Steel, C. Martijn De Sterke, R. C. McPhedran

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We examine theoretically the spontaneous emission rate in optical microstructures with cavity resonances that overlap in both position and frequency. Using projection techniques, we show that the spontaneous emission in such structures can be accurately described by the direct emission and quantum path interference of emission into a few discrete resonant modes, even though the exact infinite-dimensional problem involves a coupling to the continuum of radiation states. Moreover, we obtain an efficient numerical time-domain method for determining the spontaneous emission rate that incorporates these effects, including the suppression of spontaneous emission into some modes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103902
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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