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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Jan. 21, 2008
  • pp: 897–907

High-energy angle resolved reflection spectroscopy on three-dimensional photonic crystals of self-organized polymeric nanospheres

S. Schutzmann, I. Venditti, P. Prosposito, M. Casalboni, and M.V. Russo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 897-907 (2008)

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We report on the optical characterization of three-dimensional opal-like photonic crystals made by self-organized nanospheres of poly[styrene-(co-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)] having a face centred cubic (fcc) structure oriented along the [111] direction. A detailed optical characterization of the samples is presented using angle resolved reflection spectroscopy in specular geometry. The investigated energies are between a/λ=0.5 and a/λ=1.5 (where a is the lattice parameter and λ is the light wavelength), a region in which both first and second-order Bragg diffraction are expected. Some interesting features as branching of the Bragg peak dispersion and high energy reflection peaks are revealed. We compare the experimental data with theoretical calculations using both Bragg diffraction and band structure approach. A comparison with recent results reported in the literature is also presented.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 25, 2007
Published: January 10, 2008

S. Schutzmann, I. Venditti, P. Prosposito, M. Casalboni, and M. V. Russo, "High-energy angle resolved reflection spectroscopy on three-dimensional photonic crystals of self-organized polymeric nanospheres," Opt. Express 16, 897-907 (2008)

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