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Optical microcavities

Vahala, Kerry J. (2003) Optical microcavities. Nature, 424 (6950). pp. 839-846. ISSN 0028-0836. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:VAHnature03

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Abstract

Optical microcavities confine light to small volumes by resonant recirculation. Devices based on optical microcavities are already indispensable for a wide range of applications and studies. For example, microcavities made of active III-V semiconductor materials control laser emission spectra to enable long-distance transmission of data over optical fibres; they also ensure narrow spot-size laser read/write beams in CD and DVD players. In quantum optical devices, microcavities can coax atoms or quantum dots to emit spontaneous photons in a desired direction or can provide an environment where dissipative mechanisms such as spontaneous emission are overcome so that quantum entanglement of radiation and matter is possible. Applications of these remarkable devices are as diverse as their geometrical and resonant properties.


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Additional Information:© 2003 Nature Publishing Group. This work was supported by DARPA, the Caltech Lee Centre and the National Science Foundation.
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Subject Keywords:CAVITY-QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS, WHISPERING-GALLERY MODES, ADD-DROP FILTER, PHOTONIC CRYSTAL MICROCAVITIES, DISTRIBUTED BRAGG REFLECTORS, STIMULATED RAMAN-SCATTERING, MICROMETER-SIZE DROPLETS, SURFACE-EMITTING LASERS, SPONTANEOUS EMISSION, SINGLE PHOTONS
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