Single-domain spectroscopy of self-assembled photonic crystals

Yurii A Vlasov, M. Deutsch, D. J. Norris

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We show how optical microscopy can be used to study the optical properties of a single crystalline domain in a self-assembled photonic crystal. By measuring spatially resolved reflection and emission spectra from a synthetic opal, inhomogeneities due to averaging over inherent disorder can be avoided. From "defect-free" reflection and emission spectra, the intrinsic photonic band structure can be extracted and inhibition of spontaneous emission can be verified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1627-1629
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Mar 20 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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