Optical characteristics of two-dimensional photonic crystals in anodic aluminum oxide films

Vygantas Mizeikis, Irmantas Mikulskas, Roland Tomašiunas, Saulius Juodkazis, Shigeki Matsuo, Hiroaki Misawa

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The optical properties of two-dimensional photonic crystals (PhCs) in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films obtained using a simple and low-cost pre-patterning procedure are described. The prepatterning of the initial Al film surface was carried out by imprinting with an optical diffraction grating; the anodization of the prepatterned sample led to the formation of a good quality, large-area PhC with a triangular lattice of air holes (lattice period a = 0.48 μm, hole radius r = 0.2 μm) in an AAO film. The optical transmission spectra of the sample were measured at visible wavelengths in the range of 0.4-1.0 μm for various incidence angles and linear polarizations of the probing light. The detailed analysis of the transmission data indicates a photonic band gap in the 0.9-1.0 μm wavelength range for light waves linearly polarized in the direction perpendicular to the axes of PhC pores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3643-3647
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number6 A
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun



  • Anodic aluminum oxide
  • Anodic formation
  • Photonic band gap
  • Photonic crystals
  • Selforganized film growth

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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