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Cavity-QED-enhanced spontaneous emission and lasing in liquid droplets
Author(s): Anthony J. Campillo; Jay D. Eversole; Horn-Bond Lin; Charles D. Merritt
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Paper Abstract

Significant cavity QED enhancement have been observed of both spontaneous and stimulated emission in 10- to 14-micrometers diameter liquid microdroplets containing fluorophors. Direct emission lifetime reduction was observed as well as greatly enhanced lasing gain. Use of droplets provides an excellent test of cavity QED theory for spherical geometries. The mode number and order of the spherical cavity resonances responsible for the observed emission peaks were identified and their Q values calculated from Lorenz-Mie theory. An experimental procedure, based on equating stimulated gain to cavity losses, is used to estimate the magnitude of the enhancement. Spherical cavity Qs of only 2600 were found to lead to cavity enhancements of over 100 in the emission cross-section of Rhodamine 6G in agreement with theory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1497, Nonlinear Optics and Materials, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46765
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony J. Campillo, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jay D. Eversole, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Horn-Bond Lin, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Charles D. Merritt, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1497:
Nonlinear Optics and Materials
Cyrus D. Cantrell; Charles M. Bowden, Editor(s)

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