Photonic Crystals


The original discovery of Photonic Crystals was reviewed by Yablonovitch in his popular SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN article. Today, Photonic Crystals appear in many areas of science, technology, medicine, and as a product of nature in the biological world.

Silicon Nano-Photonic Integrated Circuits (commercialized by Luxtera)

Specialty Photonic Crystal Optical Fibers (commercialized by NKT Photonics)

Photonic Bandgap Fibers for Precision Surgery and Cancer Therapy (commercialized by OmniGuide)

Photonic Crystal Enhanced Light Emitting Diodes (commercialized by Luminus Devices, also see EERE)

Photonic Crystal Microwave Cavities for High Energy Particle Accelerators (see AIP and PSFC)

Peacocks (see CERN Courier and Li et. al.)

Butterflies (see AIP and Biro et. al.)

Weevil with a diamond-like photonic crystal structure (see Galusha et al.)

Sea mouse spines (see Parker et al. Other images from The University of Sydney)

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