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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 27 — Dec. 19, 2011
  • pp: 25900–25910

Sol-gel co-assembly of hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns

Ni Haibin, Wang Ming, and Chen Wei  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 27, pp. 25900-25910 (2011)

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A facile approach of fabricating hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns by sol-gel co-assembly method was proposed. Polystyrene (PS) colloidal suspension added with hydrolyzed silicate precursor solution was used to self-assemble composite colloidal crystals which consist of PS colloidal crystal template and infiltrated silica gel in the interstitial of microspheres. Continuous hollow cylindrical composite colloidal crystal films have been produced on capillaries’ outside and internal surface. Composite colloidal crystal columns which filling up the interior of a capillary were fabricated by pressure assisted sol-gel co-assembly method. Hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns were obtained after removing PS colloidal crystal from the composite colloidal crystal. Optical properties of the silica hollow cylindrical inverse opals were characterized by transmission spectrum and a stop band was observed. Structure and optical properties of the inverse opal columns were investigated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: September 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2011
Published: December 5, 2011

Ni Haibin, Wang Ming, and Chen Wei, "Sol-gel co-assembly of hollow cylindrical inverse opals and inverse opal columns," Opt. Express 19, 25900-25910 (2011)

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