Atom-atom interaction in an anisotropic photonic crystal

Shuang Yuan Xie, Ya Ping Yang, Hong Chen, Shi Yao ZHU

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Spontaneous emission from two two-level atoms within an anisotropic photonic crystal is investigated when direct dipole-dipole interaction is taken into account. The radiation properties of the present two atoms system are similar to that of a V-type three-level atom embedded in an anisotropic photonic crystal. The direct dipole-dipole interaction can enhance or depress the spontaneous emission depending on the relative position of the upper levels from the band edge of the photonic crystals. Owing to quantum interference and the dipole-dipole interaction, the spontaneous emission spectra are complicated non-Lorentzian shapes and depend strongly on the relative position of the upper levels from the bandgap and the initial state of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-112
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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