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Manipulating light with photonic crystals
Author(s): John D. Joannopoulos
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Paper Abstract

Within the past several years we have witnessed the emergence of a new class of materials which provide capabilities along a new dimension for the control and manipulation of light. These materials, known as `photonic crystals,' are viewed ideally as a composite of a periodic array of macroscopic dielectric scatterers in a homogeneous dielectric matrix. A photonic crystal affects the properties of a photon in much the same way that a semiconductor affects the properties of an electron. Consequently, photons in photonic crystals can have band structures, localized defect modes, surface modes, etc. This new ability to mold and guide light leads naturally to many novel applications of these materials in a variety of fields including optoelectronics, telecommunications, medicine and pharmaceuticals. An introductory survey including recent exciting developments in the field of photonic crystals is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4253, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications, (4 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.427908
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John D. Joannopoulos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4253:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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