Surface wave Cherenkov maser based on a periodic lattice

I. V. Konoplev, L. Fisher, A. W. Cross, A. D. R. Phelps, K. Ronald, C. W. Robertson

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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
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2010


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


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