Multi-layered inverse opals were fabricated by laser-assisted imprinting of self-assembled silica particles into silicon substrates. A single pulse (pulse duration 23 ns) of a KrF excimer laser instantaneously melts the silicon substrate, which infiltrates and solidifies over the assembled silica particles on the substrate. By removing silica particles embedded in the silicon surface using hydrofluoric acid, inverse-opal photonic crystals were fabricated. This technique is potentially capable of controlling the photonic crystal properties by flexibly varying the silica particle size and the substrate material.
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- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering