Photonic Band Structure

  • E. Yablonovitch
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 282)


There is an interesting analogy between electron waves in a crystal and light waves in a three dimensionally periodic dielectric structure. Both should be described by band theory. The idea of photonic band structure1,2 is gaining rapid3–6 acceptance. The concepts of Reciprocal Space, Brillouin Zones, Dispersion Relations, Bloch Wave functions, Van Hove singularities, etc., are now being applied to optical waves.


Photonic Crystal Reciprocal Space Valence Band Edge Drilling Direction Photonic Band Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Yablonovitch
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell Communications ResearchNavesink Research CenterRed BankUSA

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