Photonic polymers: A new class of photonic wire structure from intersecting polymer-blend microspheres

S. M. Mahurin, A. Mehta, M. D. Barnes, B. Hathorn, B. G. Sumpter, D. W. Noid, K. Runge

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Abstract

We report a new kind of photonic wire structure made from the sequential attachment of polymer-blend microparticles. Using a linear quadrupole to manipulate the particles in space, we are able to take advantage of a modified surface structure in the blend particle to actively assemble particles in programmable two- or three-dimensional architectures. Strong resonance features in fluorescence are observed near the intersection of linked spheres that cannot be interpreted with a two-dimensional (equatorial plane) model. Three-dimensional ray optics calculations show long-lived periodic trajectories that propagate in great circles linked at an angle with respect to the plane containing the sphere centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-612
Number of pages3
JournalOptics letters
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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