The research field of Photonic Crystals, i.e., composite structures where materials possessing different refractive index are assembled into a highly ordered dielectric lattice with submicrometric periodicity, was founded in 1987 by the seminal papers by E. Yablonovitch and S. John published in the same volume of Physical Review Letters just 3 weeks one after the other. They provided the tools to rationalize the dielectric lattices optics within a new formalism that not only is able to extend their theoretical description but also becomes a source of inspiration for novel systems, structures, and applications. As it was already observed in other research fields, the development of novel Photonic Crystals structures was based on the use of top-down approaches to impart the dielectric structure into inorganic insulators and semiconductors. Such techniques enable the fabrication of photonic structures possessing extraordinary precision and finely tailored properties for selected technological applications. Several books that have been so far published in the field of Photonic Crystals are usually tuned to a specialist readership mainly composed of Physicists and Engineers. Even though colloidal chemists and block copolymer scientists provided important contributions to the field, a cultural and communication gap still exists between fundamental Physics and Chemistry, as well as other disciplines of potential interest to the Photonic Crystals field. For instance, novel organic and hybrid materials that are revolutionizing the field of electronics and sensing can hardly be nanostructured in the form of Photonic Crystals with top-down techniques. Furthermore, biomedical applications could greatly benefit from the developments of the field. In this respect, and in particular when organic and hybrid materials are used, the use of the bottom-up approach as well as the exploitation of the chemistry of the self-assembling process, widely exploited in Nature, provides an important step forward to the field. This book, Organic and Hybrid Photonic Crystals, was conceived as a bridge between different communities in order to establish a common set of fundamental concepts and a language to be shared between Physicists, Chemists, Biologists, Engineers, and Material Scientists..............

Organic and hybrid photonic crystals

COMORETTO, DAVIDE
2015

Abstract

The research field of Photonic Crystals, i.e., composite structures where materials possessing different refractive index are assembled into a highly ordered dielectric lattice with submicrometric periodicity, was founded in 1987 by the seminal papers by E. Yablonovitch and S. John published in the same volume of Physical Review Letters just 3 weeks one after the other. They provided the tools to rationalize the dielectric lattices optics within a new formalism that not only is able to extend their theoretical description but also becomes a source of inspiration for novel systems, structures, and applications. As it was already observed in other research fields, the development of novel Photonic Crystals structures was based on the use of top-down approaches to impart the dielectric structure into inorganic insulators and semiconductors. Such techniques enable the fabrication of photonic structures possessing extraordinary precision and finely tailored properties for selected technological applications. Several books that have been so far published in the field of Photonic Crystals are usually tuned to a specialist readership mainly composed of Physicists and Engineers. Even though colloidal chemists and block copolymer scientists provided important contributions to the field, a cultural and communication gap still exists between fundamental Physics and Chemistry, as well as other disciplines of potential interest to the Photonic Crystals field. For instance, novel organic and hybrid materials that are revolutionizing the field of electronics and sensing can hardly be nanostructured in the form of Photonic Crystals with top-down techniques. Furthermore, biomedical applications could greatly benefit from the developments of the field. In this respect, and in particular when organic and hybrid materials are used, the use of the bottom-up approach as well as the exploitation of the chemistry of the self-assembling process, widely exploited in Nature, provides an important step forward to the field. This book, Organic and Hybrid Photonic Crystals, was conceived as a bridge between different communities in order to establish a common set of fundamental concepts and a language to be shared between Physicists, Chemists, Biologists, Engineers, and Material Scientists..............
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