Density of states functions for photonic crystals

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Physical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics, 2004, 69 (1), pp. 16 - ?
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We discuss density of states functions for photonic crystals, in the context of the two-dimensional problem for arrays of cylinders of arbitrary cross section. We introduce the mutual density of states (MDOS), and show that this function can be used to calculate both the local density of states (LDOS), which gives position information for emission of radiation from photonic crystals, and the spectral density of states (SDOS), which gives angular information. We establish the connection between MDOS, LDOS, SDOS and the conventional density of states, which depends only on frequency. We relate all four functions to the band structure and propagating states within the crystal, and give numerical examples of the relation between band structure and density of states functions. © 2004 The American Physical Society.
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