Optical study of the full photonic band gap in silicon inverse opals

Palacios-Lidón, E.; Blanco, A.; Ibisate, M.; Meseguer, F.; López, C.; Sánchez-Dehesa, J.
December 2002
Applied Physics Letters;12/23/2002, Vol. 81 Issue 26, p4925
Academic Journal
An optical study of the band structure of both silicon-silica composite and silicon inverse opals is presented. The study is aimed at demonstrating the development of a full photonic band gap for a system already revealed as paradigmatic. The characterization is based on the comparison between the band structure calculations and optical reflectance spectroscopy experiments. This study is carried out for various symmetry points in the Brillouin zone, some never explored before as K, (110) and W, (210). The results show that, in accordance with the band structure, there is a certain frequency range that produces a reflectance peak regardless of orientation and can be assigned to the band gap. Similarly all other reflectance peaks can be accounted for by other band structure features.


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