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2016, 9(3): 703–712

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https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-015-0949-x

Influence of dielectrics with light absorption on the photonic bandgap of porous alumina photonic crystals

Guoliang Shang, Guangtao Fei (*), Yue Li, and Lide Zhang

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Key Laboratory of Materials Physics and Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures, Institute of Solid State Physics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 1129, Hefei 230031, China

Keywords: photonic crystals, porous materials, light–mater interaction, capillary condensation, nanotechnology
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In this work, the influences of dielectrics with light absorption on the photonic bandgaps (PBGs) of porous alumina photonic crystals (PCs) were studied. Transmittance spectra of porous alumina PCs adsorbing ethanol showed that all the PBGs positions red-shifted; however, the transmittance of the PBG bottom showed different trends when the PBGs were located in different wavelength regions. In the near infrared region, liquid ethanol has strong light absorption, and, with the increase in adsorption, the PBG bottom transmittance of porous alumina PCs first increased and then decreased. However, in the visible light region, liquid ethanol has little light absorption, and thus, with the increase in adsorption, the PBG bottom transmittance of porous alumina PCs increased gradually all the time. Simulated results were consistent with the experimental results. The capillary condensation of organic vapors in the pores of porous alumina accounted for the change in the PBG bottom transmittance. The nonnegligible light absorption of the organic vapors was the cause of the decrease in the transmittance. The results for porous alumina PC adsorbing methanol, acetone, and toluene further confirmed the influences of light absorption on the PBG bottomed transmittance.
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Influence of dielectrics with light absorption on the photonic bandgap of porous alumina photonic crystals. Nano Res. 2016, 9(3): 703–712 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-015-0949-x

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