Thermal emission and design in 2D-periodic metallic photonic crystal slabs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 10/2006; 14(19):8785-96. DOI: 10.1364/OE.14.008785
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We present a useful framework within which we can understand some of the physical phenomena that drive thermal emission in 2D-periodic metallic photonic crystal slabs, emphasizing phenomenology and physical intuition. Through detailed numerical calculations for these systems, we find that periodicity plays a key role in determining the types of physical phenomena that can be excited. We identify two structures as good candidates for thermal design, and conclude with a discussion of how the emissive properties of these systems can be tailored to our needs.

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