Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 67, Number 3, September 2014
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||20 August 2014|
Optical simulation of colloidal photonic crystals with controllable size spheres of silica
Useful Material Valorization Laboratory, National Center for Research in Materials Sciences, CNRSM, Technopole Borj Cédria, BP 73, 8027
2 Laboratory of Photovoltaic, Research and Technology Center of Energy (CRTEn), Technopole Borj Cédria, BP 73, 8027 Soliman, Tunisia
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Revised: 19 May 2014
Accepted: 17 July 2014
Published online: 20 August 2014
In this work, optical properties of colloidal silica crystals are investigated theoretically. Numerical calculations are discussed and compared to experimental measurements. The existence of photonic band gap (or stop band) is inferred by analyzing the transmission spectra and dips of low transmission are typically correlated with photonic band gaps. The position of the main dip in simulated spectra matches the pseudo photonic band gap expected by the calculated photonic band gap diagram. Positions of stop band show a strong dependence on the diameter of silica spheres. We note that positions of the main dips deduced from simulated and measured spectra are very near. Good agreement between measured and theoretical results is then reported.
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