Microcavities in Photonic Crystals

  • Pierre R. Villeneuve
  • Shanhui Fan
  • J. D. Joannopoulos
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 324)


The introduction of a defect in a perfect photonic crystal can lead to the creation of sharp resonant electromagnetic states in the vicinity of the defect. The properties of these modes can be controled simply by changing the nature and the size of the defect. We compute the frequency, polarization, symmetry and field distribution of the resonant modes by solving Maxwell’s equations in the frequency domain. The temporal behavior of the modes is determined by using a time-domain analysis which allows us to compute the coupling efficiency and the losses in the microcavity.


Photonic Crystal Defect State Resonant Mode Coupling Efficiency Transverse Electric 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre R. Villeneuve
    • 1
  • Shanhui Fan
    • 1
  • J. D. Joannopoulos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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