Applied Physics A

, Volume 86, Issue 4, pp 421–425

Preparation, structural, and calorimetric characterization of bicomponent metallic photonic crystals


    • NanoTech InstituteThe University of Texas at Dallas
  • N.S. Murthy
    • Department of PhysicsUniversity of Vermont
  • I. Udod
    • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
  • I.I. Khayrullin
    • eMagin Corporation
  • R.H. Baughman
    • NanoTech InstituteThe University of Texas at Dallas
  • A.A. Zakhidov
    • NanoTech InstituteThe University of Texas at Dallas
Invited paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00339-006-3813-8

Cite this article as:
Kozlov, M., Murthy, N., Udod, I. et al. Appl. Phys. A (2007) 86: 421. doi:10.1007/s00339-006-3813-8


We report preparation and characterization of novel bicomponent metal-based photonic crystals having submicron three-dimensional (3D) periodicity. Fabricated photonic crystals include SiO2 sphere lattices infiltrated interstitially with metals, carbon inverse lattices filled with metal or metal alloy spheres, Sb inverse lattices, and Sb inverse lattices filled with Bi spheres. Starting from a face centered SiO2 lattice template, these materials were obtained by sequences of either templating and template extraction or templating, template extraction, and retemplating. Surprising high fidelity was obtained for all templating and template extraction steps. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were used to characterize the structure and the effects of the structure on calorimetric properties. To the best of our knowledge, SAXS data on metallic photonic crystals were collected for first time.

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