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Keywords:

  • Biological templates;
  • Dielectric constant;
  • Photonic crystals
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A reduction and infiltration process for a naturally occurring 3D bicontinuous structure is demonstrated. A sea urchin exoskeleton can be engineered in a top–down fashion to create low absorption, high dielectric contrast photonic crystals with a stop band in the mid-IR regime. The Figure shows a sample cut in half where one half (right) has been pyrolyzed, demonstrating the excellent structural fidelity of the replication-reduction process.