Spontaneous emission from a two-level atom in two-band anisotropic photonic crystals

Yaping Yang*, M. Fleischhauer, Shi Yao Zhu

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We investigate the spontaneous radiation from a two-level atom embedded in a three-dimensional anisotropic photonic crystal with two bands. The properties of the spontaneous emission are dependent strongly on the position of the upper level. The faster and slower decay components can occur in the emitted field, but it does not mean the existence of both accelerated and inhibited components for the atomic population decay. The radiation spectrum is dependent on the location of the observer. We also study the influence of the existence of the two bands on spontaneous emission, Lamb shift, the emitted field, and the radiation spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043805
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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