Abstract

We conducted a theoretical study on the potential use of amorphous hydrogenated silicon (a-Si:H) as the high-index material in quarter-wave-stack Bragg mirrors for cavity quantum electrodynamics applications. Compared to conventionally employed ${\rm{T}}{{\rm{a}}_2}{{\rm{O}}_5}$, a-Si:H provides a much higher-index contrast with ${\rm{Si}}{{\rm{O}}_2}$, thus promising significantly reduced layer-number requirements and a smaller mode volume. Silicon-based mirrors offer the additional advantage of providing a wide omnidirectional reflection band, which allows greater control of the background electromagnetic modes. From numerical studies at 850 nm, we show that a-Si:H-based mirrors could enable significant improvements with respect to maximum Purcell factor, cooperativity, and spontaneous emission coupling factor, in addition to their potential to reduce fabrication complexity. These advantages are anticipated to be even more compelling at longer wavelengths.

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