Photoluminescence from a homogeneous volume source within an optical multilayer: Analytical formulas

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A theoretical model for light emission from a homogeneous volume source, such as an optically active layer, within a multilayer is demonstrated. The role of an external linearly polarized optical pump is taken into account. The resulting formulas for the radiated powers are fully analytical. They are applied to investigate the effect of a planewave pump in a basic λ/2 cavity and to calculate the photoluminescence polar diagrams of color centers from three resonating thin-film lithium-fluoride-based microstructures. © 2012 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303 - 312
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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