Holographic assembly of quasicrystalline photonic heterostructures

Yael Roichman, David G. Grier

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    Quasicrystals have a higher degree of rotational and point-reflection symmetry than conventional crystals. As a result, quasicrystalline heterostructures fabricated from dielectric materials with micrometer-scale features exhibit interesting and useful optical properties including large photonic bandgaps in two-dimensional systems. We demonstrate the holographic assembly of two-dimensional and three-dimensional dielectric quasicrystalline heterostructures, including structures with specifically engineered defects. The highly uniform quasiperiodic arrays of optical traps used in this process also provide model aperiodic potential energy landscapes for fundamental studies of transport and phase transitions in soft condensed matter systems.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5434-5439
    Number of pages6
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number14
    StatePublished - Jun 11 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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