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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7750–7755

Ultranegative angular dispersion of diffraction in quasiordered biophotonic structures

Feng Liu, Biqin Dong, Fangyuan Zhao, Xinhua Hu, Xiaohan Liu, and Jian Zi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7750-7755 (2011)

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We report that a three-dimensional quasiordered photonic structure, found in the cuticles of beetle H. sexmaculata, can diffract light in a “wrong” way and its angular dispersion is about one order of magnitude larger than that of a conventional diffraction grating. A new diffraction type of photonic bandgap (from an anticrossing of longitudinal and transverse modes) and additional disorder effect are found to play important roles in this phenomenon. Mimicking the structure could lead to novel optical devices with ultralarge angular dispersion.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: March 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 25, 2011
Published: April 6, 2011

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Feng Liu, Biqin Dong, Fangyuan Zhao, Xinhua Hu, Xiaohan Liu, and Jian Zi, "Ultranegative angular dispersion of diffraction in quasiordered biophotonic structures," Opt. Express 19, 7750-7755 (2011)

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