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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 14 — Jul. 5, 2010
  • pp: 14568–14576

Formation of colorimetric fingerprints on nano-patterned deterministic aperiodic surfaces

Svetlana V. Boriskina, Sylvanus Y. K. Lee, Jason J. Amsden, Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, and Luca Dal Negro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 14, pp. 14568-14576 (2010)

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Periodic gratings and photonic bandgap structures have been studied for decades in optical technologies. The translational invariance of periodic gratings gives rise to well-known angular and frequency filtering of the incident radiation resulting in well-defined scattered colors in response to broadband illumination. Here, we demonstrate the formation of highly complex structural color patterns, or colorimetric fingerprints, in two-dimensional (2D) deterministic aperiodic gratings using dark field scattering microscopy. The origin of colorimetric fingerprints is explained by rigorous full-wave numerical simulations based on the generalized Mie theory. We show that unlike periodic gratings, aperiodic nanopatterned surfaces feature a broadband frequency response with wide angular intensity distributions governed by the distinctive Fourier properties of the aperiodic structures. Finally, we will discuss a range of potential applications of colorimetric fingerprints for optical sensing and spectroscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

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Original Manuscript: April 6, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2010
Published: June 23, 2010

Svetlana V. Boriskina, Sylvanus Y. K. Lee, Jason J. Amsden, Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, and Luca Dal Negro, "Formation of colorimetric fingerprints on nano-patterned deterministic aperiodic surfaces," Opt. Express 18, 14568-14576 (2010)

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