Chemical approaches to three-dimensional semiconductor photonic crystals

D. J. Norris, Yu A. Vlasov

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We review recent efforts to make three-dimensional semiconductor photonic crystals using self-assembly techniques. These approaches, which utilize a synthetic opal as a template to shape the semiconductor material (see Figure), provide a simple and inexpensive alternative to lithographic methods. Since the resulting structures can, in principle, have a complete photonic bandgap - a property that would allow ultimate control over the flow of light - these materials may have serious implications for modern photonics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-376
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 16 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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