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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 6 — Mar. 12, 2012
  • pp: 6421–6428

Multilayer mirrored bubbles with spatially-chirped and elastically-tuneable optical bandgaps

Gen Kamita, Mathias Kolle, Fumin Huang, Jeremy J. Baumberg, and Ullrich Steiner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 6421-6428 (2012)

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We demonstrate the multifolding Origami manufacture of elastically-deformable Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) membranes that reversibly color-tune across the full visible spectrum without compromising their peak reflectance. Multilayer films composed of alternating transparent rubbers are fixed over a 300 μm wide pinhole and deformed by pressure into a concave shape. Pressure-induced color tuning from the near-IR to the blue arises from both changes in thickness of the constituent layers and from tilting of the curved DBR surfaces. The layer thickness and color distribution upon deformation, the band-gap variation and the repeatability of cyclic color tuning, are mapped through micro-spectroscopy. Such spatially-dependent thinning of the film under elastic deformation produces spatial chirps in the color, and are shown to allow reconstruction of complex 3D strain distributions.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: January 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2012
Published: March 5, 2012

Gen Kamita, Mathias Kolle, Fumin Huang, Jeremy J. Baumberg, and Ullrich Steiner, "Multilayer mirrored bubbles with spatially-chirped and elastically-tuneable optical bandgaps," Opt. Express 20, 6421-6428 (2012)

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