Our group studies the optical properties of photonic crystal (PC) structures. PCs are periodic structures that can reflect or guide light very efficiently. This work, in collaboration with A. Alverson
, studies diatoms which have a natural nanostructures in their shells (or frustules
). Additionally, group members study the optical properties of other recently-developed PC fabrication techniques.
Figure 1 - Photonic crystal waveguide model. From .
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