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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2002
  • pp: 610–612

Photonic polymers:a new class of photonic wire structure from intersecting polymer-blend microspheres

S. M. Mahurin, A. Mehta, M. D. Barnes, B. Hathorn, B. G. Sumpter, D. W. Noid, and K. Runge  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 610-612 (2002)

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We report a new kind of photonic wire structure made from the sequential attachment of polymer-blend microparticles. Using a linear quadrupole to manipulate the particles in space, we are able to take advantage of a modified surface structure in the blend particle to actively assemble particles in programmable two- or three-dimensional architectures. Strong resonance features in fluorescence are observed near the intersection of linked spheres that cannot be interpreted with a two-dimensional (equatorial plane) model. Three-dimensional ray optics calculations show long-lived periodic trajectories that propagate in great circles linked at an angle with respect to the plane containing the sphere centers.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics

S. M. Mahurin, A. Mehta, M. D. Barnes, B. Hathorn, B. G. Sumpter, D. W. Noid, and K. Runge, "Photonic polymers:a new class of photonic wire structure from intersecting polymer-blend microspheres," Opt. Lett. 27, 610-612 (2002)

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