Multiple Bragg diffraction in opal-based photonic crystals: Spectral and spatial dispersion

I. I. Shishkin, M. V. Rybin, K. B. Samusev, V. G. Golubev, M. F. Limonov

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We present an experimental and theoretical study of multiple Bragg diffraction from synthetic opals. An original setup permits us to overcome the problem of the total internal light reflection in an opal film and to investigate the diffraction from both the (111) and (1̄11) systems of planes responsible for the effect. As a result, angle- and frequency-resolved diffraction and transmission measurements create a picture of multiple Bragg diffraction that includes general agreement between dips in the transmission spectra and diffraction peaks for each incident white light angle and a twin-peak structure at frequencies of the photonic stop band edges. Two opposite cases of the interference are discussed: an interference of two narrow Bragg bands that leads to multiple Bragg diffraction with anticrossing regime for dispersion photonic branches and an interference of a narrow Bragg band and broad disorder-induced Mie background that results in a Fano resonance. A good quantitative agreement between the experimental data and calculated photonic band structure has been obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035124
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 16 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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