Localization of spontaneous emission in front of a mirror

Department of Chemistry, Ultrafast Laser and Spectroscopy Laboratory, University of Groninge, Nijenborgh 16, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
Optics Communications (Impact Factor: 1.45). 09/1989; 73(2):91-95. DOI: 10.1016/0030-4018(89)90149-1
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We show that the fluorescence emitted in front of a mirror exhibits angular and spectral localization effects that are caused by self-interference in the spontaneous emission from a Wiener-fringe pattern. A semi-classical description is given and found to be in good agreement with the observations.

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