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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1844–1853

Multiple scattering of light in three-dimensional photonic quasicrystals

Alexandra Ledermann, Diederik S. Wiersma, Martin Wegener, and Georg von Freymann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1844-1853 (2009)

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Recent experiments on three-dimensional icosahedral dielectric photonic quasicrystals have shown several unexpected features: transmitted femtosecond pulses developed a trailing “diffusive” exponential tail and the sum of (zeroth-order) transmittance and reflectance was well below unity. These experimental findings have previously been ascribed to sample imperfections. Here, we analyze these findings by using 3D periodic approximants of the ideal photonic quasicrystals. We show that the experimental observations can be explained in terms of multiple scattering of light within these structures, i.e., in terms of intrinsic rather than purely extrinsic quasicrystal properties.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(160.5293) Materials : Photonic bandgap materials

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: October 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 17, 2008
Published: January 29, 2009

Alexandra Ledermann, Diederik S. Wiersma, Martin Wegener, and Georg von Freymann, "Multiple scattering of light in three-dimensional photonic quasicrystals," Opt. Express 17, 1844-1853 (2009)

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