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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2006
  • pp: 7617–7621

Experimental observation of photonic and polaritonic gaps in a silica opal

Herman Högström and Carl G. Ribbing  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 29, pp. 7617-7621 (2006)

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Experimental observations of the simultaneous presence of a polaritonic and a photonic gap in a three-dimensional photonic crystal is reported, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time. The photonic crystal was made of monodispersed silica microspheres sedimented into a face-centered-cubic structure. Silica has a polaritonic gap for wavelengths between 8 and 9.35 μm . Four different sphere sizes were used, with diameters of d = 0.49 , 0.73, 0.99, and 1.57 μm . The photonic crystals were studied by normal incidence infrared reflectance measurements in the wavelength interval 0.8 12 μm . Four peaks with the a magnitude of 0.6 , originating from the periodicity of the crystal, were recorded in the interval between 1 and 4 μm. Another peak, the polaritonic reflectance peak ( 0.4 ) , is observed for wavelengths around 9 μm for all four crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3220) Materials : Ionic crystals
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.6030) Materials : Silica
(350.2770) Other areas of optics : Gratings

Original Manuscript: March 1, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2006

Herman Högström and Carl G. Ribbing, "Experimental observation of photonic and polaritonic gaps in a silica opal," Appl. Opt. 45, 7617-7621 (2006)

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