Surface wave Cherenkov maser based on a periodic lattice

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Abstract

The excitation of a surface wave cavity based on a two-dimensional periodic structure by an energy source, such as relativistic electrons, results in stimulated, single frequency coherent emission. A high-Q cavity has been achieved via a resonant coupling between surface waves and volume waves. The concept of a Cherenkov maser based on the surface wave cavity is discussed and results of numerical studies presented. Links between the model described and the concept of a surface plasmon amplifier, which has been recently introduced are described.

Original languageEnglish
Article number261101
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume96
Issue number26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2010

Keywords

  • masers
  • optical lattices
  • periodic structures
  • surface plasmons
  • optics
  • micromasers
  • cavity quantum electrodynamics

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