Generalized effective mode volume for leaky optical cavities

Philip Trøst Kristensen, C. Van Vlack, S. Hughes

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We show explicitly how the commonly adopted prescription for calculating effective mode volumes is wrong and leads to uncontrolled errors. Instead, we introduce a generalized mode volume that can be easily evaluated based on the mode calculation methods typically applied in the literature, and which allows one to compute the Purcell effect and other interesting optical phenomena in a rigorous and unambiguous way.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1649-1651
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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