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Title: Lower bounds on the absorption probability of beam splitters

Abstract

We derive a lower limit to the amount of absorptive loss present in passive linear optical devices such as a beam splitter. We choose a particularly simple beam splitter geometry, a single planar slab surrounded by vacuum, which already reveals the important features of the theory. It is shown that, using general causality requirements and statistical arguments, the lower bound depends on the frequency of the incident light and the transverse resonance frequency of a suitably chosen single-resonance model only. For symmetric beam splitters and reasonable assumptions on the resonance frequency {omega}{sub T}, the lower absorption bound is p{sub min}{approx_equal}2x10{sup -6}({omega}/{omega}{sub T}){sup 4}.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Quantum Optics and Laser Science, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BW (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20786780
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. A; Journal Volume: 73; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.73.013809; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; BEAM SPLITTING; CAUSALITY; GEOMETRY; PHOTON BEAMS; PROBABILITY; QUANTUM MECHANICS; RESONANCE; VISIBLE RADIATION

Citation Formats

Scheel, S. Lower bounds on the absorption probability of beam splitters. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0.
Scheel, S. Lower bounds on the absorption probability of beam splitters. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0.
Scheel, S. Sun . "Lower bounds on the absorption probability of beam splitters". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0.
@article{osti_20786780,
title = {Lower bounds on the absorption probability of beam splitters},
author = {Scheel, S.},
abstractNote = {We derive a lower limit to the amount of absorptive loss present in passive linear optical devices such as a beam splitter. We choose a particularly simple beam splitter geometry, a single planar slab surrounded by vacuum, which already reveals the important features of the theory. It is shown that, using general causality requirements and statistical arguments, the lower bound depends on the frequency of the incident light and the transverse resonance frequency of a suitably chosen single-resonance model only. For symmetric beam splitters and reasonable assumptions on the resonance frequency {omega}{sub T}, the lower absorption bound is p{sub min}{approx_equal}2x10{sup -6}({omega}/{omega}{sub T}){sup 4}.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0},
journal = {Physical Review. A},
number = 1,
volume = 73,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Sun Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}