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Enabling single-mode behavior over large areas with photonic Dirac cones.
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PMID:  22665784     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Many of graphene's unique electronic properties emerge from its Dirac-like electronic energy spectrum. Similarly, it is expected that a nanophotonic system featuring Dirac dispersion (two conical bands touching at a single point, the so-called Dirac point) will open a path to a number of important research avenues. To date, however, all proposed realizations of a photonic analog of graphene lack fully omnidirectional out-of-plane light confinement, which has prevented creating truly realistic implementations of this class of systems able to mimic the two-dimensional transport properties of graphene. Here we report on a novel route to achieve all-dielectric three-dimensional photonic materials featuring Dirac-like dispersion in a quasi-two-dimensional system. We further discuss how this finding could enable a dramatic enhancement of the spontaneous emission coupling efficiency (the β-factor) over large areas, defying the common wisdom that the β-factor degrades rapidly as the size of the system increases. These results might enable general new classes of large-area ultralow-threshold lasers, single-photon sources, quantum information processing devices and energy harvesting systems.
Jorge Bravo-Abad; John D Joannopoulos; Marin Soljačić
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America     Volume:  109     ISSN:  1091-6490     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-20     Completed Date:  2012-09-10     Revised Date:  2012-12-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505876     Medline TA:  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9761-5     Citation Subset:  -    
Departamento de Fisica Teorica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain.
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