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Spontaneous emission enhancement in metal-dielectric metamaterials

Iorsh, Ivan; Poddubny, Alexander N; Orlov, Alexey; Belov, Pavel A; Kivshar, Yuri


We study the spontaneous emission of a dipole emitter imbedded into a layered metal-dielectric metamaterial. We demonstrate ultra-high values of the Purcell factor in such structures due to a high density of states with hyperbolic isofrequency surfaces. We reveal that the traditional effective-medium approach greatly underestimates the value of the Purcell factor due to the presence of an effective nonlocality, and we present an analytical model which agrees well with numerical calculations.

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Physics Letters A
DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2011.11.001


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