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  • 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference
  • (Optica Publishing Group, 2015),
  • paper EG_7_2

Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) and local optical density of states (LDOS) are uncorrelated near an ideal mirror

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Abstract

There is currently an ongoing debate in Nanophotonics whether the famous Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) rate between a donor and an acceptor depends on the local radiative density of states (LDOS): no [1] or yes [2]. Motivated by the debate we have initiated a study of an exactly solvable analytic model with essential features of nanophotonic energy transfer. Our model has a pair of ideal dipole emitters –donor and acceptor – that exhibit energy transfer (and spontaneous emission) near an ideal mirror, similar to the archetypal nanophotonic “Drexhage” geometry. The mirror is described by a dielectric planar scatterer, whose T matrix and dyadic Green functions are exactly known from scattering theory, even for vectorial Maxwell waves [3, 4].

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