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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 21 — Oct. 16, 2006
  • pp: 9909–9916

Design of holographic structures using genetic algorithms

James W. Rinne and Pierre Wiltzius  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 21, pp. 9909-9916 (2006)

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We have developed a general technique using genetic algorithms to design photonic crystals to be fabricated by holographic lithography. In contrast to current analytical approaches that rely almost exclusively on symmetry considerations, this technique allows for high-fidelity approximations to real-space structures without limiting the search space to a prescribed set of symmetries. We have used this new technique to design a structure having a complete photonic band gap of 28%, the largest yet reported for holographic lithography.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4610) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical fabrication
(220.3740) Optical design and fabrication : Lithography
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 29, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2006
Published: October 16, 2006

James W. Rinne and Pierre Wiltzius, "Design of holographic structures using genetic algorithms," Opt. Express 14, 9909-9916 (2006)

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