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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 22 — Oct. 25, 2010
  • pp: 22808–22816

Anomalous patterned scattering spectra of one-dimensional porous silicon photonic crystals

M. B. de la Mora, J. A. del Río, R. Nava, J. Tagüeña-Martínez, J. A. Reyes-Esqueda, A. Kavokin, J. Faubert, and J. E. Lugo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 22, pp. 22808-22816 (2010)

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Far-field secondary emission spectra of free standing samples of one-dimensional porous silicon photonic crystals show characteristic co-focal rings centered close to the structure normal plane. The rings appear when the frequency of picoseconds excitation laser pulses is tuned into the edges of the fourth photonic band gap. They can be clearly distinguished from the typical reflected and transmitted light for an oblique incidence geometry. The rings number depends on the excitation frequency and the incidence angle. We explain these anomalous spectral features of porous silicon structures by the spectral filtering of light elastically scattered inside the photonic structure by the narrow photonic bands. The elastic scattering of light due to the photonic disorder in the structure causes the appearance of secondary waves propagating in any direction. But only those waves which fall into the allowed photonic bands may penetrate through the whole structure and move through its front or back surfaces. The observed patterned secondary emission is an example of efficient photonic engineering by simple means of multilayer porous silicon structures.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(160.2710) Materials : Inhomogeneous optical media

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2010
Published: October 13, 2010

M. B. de la Mora, J. A. del Río, R. Nava, J. Tagüeña-Martínez, J. A. Reyes-Esqueda, A. Kavokin, J. Faubert, and J. E. Lugo, "Anomalous patterned scattering spectra of one-dimensional porous silicon photonic crystals," Opt. Express 18, 22808-22816 (2010)

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