Controlling the dynamics of spontaneous emission from quantum dots by photonic crystals

@article{Lodahl2004ControllingTD,
  title={Controlling the dynamics of spontaneous emission from quantum dots by photonic crystals},
  author={Peter Lodahl and A. Floris van Driel and Ivan S. Nikolaev and A. Irman and Karin Overgaag and Daniel Vanmaekelbergh and Willem L. Vos},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2004},
  volume={430},
  pages={654-657}
}
Control of spontaneously emitted light lies at the heart of quantum optics. It is essential for diverse applications ranging from miniature lasers and light-emitting diodes, to single-photon sources for quantum information, and to solar energy harvesting. To explore such new quantum optics applications, a suitably tailored dielectric environment is required in which the vacuum fluctuations that control spontaneous emission can be manipulated. Photonic crystals provide such an environment: they… 
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