Abstract

We design efficient thermal emitters based on intersubband transitions (ISB-Ts) in quantum wells and two-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) slabs that have single-mode, very narrowband emission with high emissivity. Our design strategy involves positioning a single isolated mode of the PC within the absorption range of the ISB-T, where the mode’s radiation rate is precisely matched with the absorption rate of the ISB-T. The optimized design for this class of thermal emitters has a single-peak emission with a quality factor of 600, an emissivity of 0.9, and a radiation divergence cone of 20°, surpassing, by a large margin, the performance of previous designs. We also demonstrate, for practical application purposes, that the required input power for our best-performing emitter to reach a given temperature threshold is less than a factor of 200 compared to that of a blackbody.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (9)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (1)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (8)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription