Silica photonic crystals: Synthesis and optical properties

Alexander S. Sinitskii, Alexander V. Knot'ko, Yuri D. Tretyakov

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Dielectric crystal-like lattices, termed photonic crystals, attract growing interest due to their unique and useful optical properties. Natural and artificial opals composed of three-dimensional (3D)-ordered lattices of submicron silica microspheres are highly interesting model objects for the study of photonic crystals. Synthetic opals based on monodisperse 270-nm-diameter silica microspheres were obtained. Optical measurements demonstrated the presence of different optical pseudogaps appeared due to reflection from different planes in the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure of opal; the positions of pseudogaps were estimated using the modified Bragg law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-479
Number of pages3
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number1-4 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Aug 31 2004


  • Opals
  • Photonic crystals
  • Photonic stop-bands
  • Self-assembly
  • Silica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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