Chapter 15. Tunable Superprism Effect in Photonic Crystals

  1. Prof. Ralf B. Wehrspohn2,3,
  2. Prof. H.-S. Kitzerow4 and
  3. Prof. Kurt Busch5
  1. F. Glöckler,
  2. S. Peters,
  3. U. Lemmer and
  4. M. Gerken

Published Online: 4 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527621880.ch15

Nanophotonic Materials: Photonic Crystals, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials

Nanophotonic Materials: Photonic Crystals, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials

How to Cite

Glöckler, F., Peters, S., Lemmer, U. and Gerken, M. (2008) Tunable Superprism Effect in Photonic Crystals, in Nanophotonic Materials: Photonic Crystals, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials (eds R. B. Wehrspohn, H.-S. Kitzerow and K. Busch), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527621880.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Fraunhofer-Institute for Mechanics of Materials, Halle; Germany

  2. 3

    Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Physics, 06099 Halle, Germany

  3. 4

    Department of Physical Chemistry FB13, University of Paderborn, Faculty of Science, Warburger Str. 100, 33098 Paderborn, Germany

  4. 5

    Universität Karlsruhe, Institute of Thoeretical Solid State Physics, 76128 Karlsruhe, Germany

Author Information

  1. Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Light Technology Institute, Engesserstraße 13, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 20 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527408580

Online ISBN: 9783527621880



  • nanophotonic materials;
  • tuneable photonic crystals;
  • tunable superprism effect;
  • tunable superprism structures;
  • 1D hybrid organic–anorganic structures;
  • optically nonlinear organic materials;
  • doubly resonant structure;
  • all-optical spatial beam switching


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Superprism Effect

    • Origin of the Superprism Effect

    • Performance Considerations for Superprism Devices

    • Bragg-Stacks and Other 1D Superprisms

    • Current State in Superprism Structures

  • Tunable Photonic Crystals

    • Liquid Crystals

    • Tuning by Pockels Effect

    • All-Optical Tuning

    • Other Tuning Mechanisms

  • Tunable Superprism Structures

  • 1D Hybrid Organic–Anorganic Structures

    • Survey of Optically Nonlinear Organic Materials

      • Thermo-Optic Organic Materials

      • Electro-optic Organic Materials

      • All-optical Organic Materials

    • Numerical Simulation of a Doubly Resonant Structures for All-Optical Spatial Beam Switching

      • Beam Shifting for Two Active Cavities

      • Beam Shifting for One Active Cavity

      • Beam Shifting for Active Coupling Layers

  • Conclusions and Outlook

  • References