The Opal-Semiconductor System as a Possible Photonic Bandgap Material

  • S. G. Romanov
  • C. M. Sotomayor Torres
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 324)


We report on the preparation of 3-dimensional lattices of semiconductor and other materials (CdS, CdSe, InP, TiO2) mbedded in a dielectric matrix (opal) by a variety of techniques. These ensembles are examined by optical spectroscopy and are shown to posses both the characteristics of the matrix and of the saniconductor, the latter sometimes exhibiting quantum confinement. The semiconductor 3D arrays of dots or islands are found to preserve their crystalline character. Optical studies suggest these materials may be considered as possible candidates for partial 3D photonic bandgap materials operating in the visible range of the spectrum.


Opal Matrix Photonic Bandgap Synthetic Opal Refractive Index Contrast Opal Void 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. G. Romanov
    • 1
  • C. M. Sotomayor Torres
    • 1
  1. 1.Nanoelectronics Research Centre Department of Electronics and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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