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Juan F. Galisteo-López, Marta Ibisate, Riccardo Sapienza, Luis S. Froufe-Pérez, Álvaro Blanco and Cefe López Self-Assembled Photonic Structures Advanced Materials 23

Article first published online: 27 SEP 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201000356

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Photonic crystals and, more recently, photonic glasses embody concepts that capture the essence of solid state physics and many aspects of materials science, bringing them together in the field of photonic materials. Self-assembly and colloidal techniques constitute proven bottom-up methods that have spread and are very popular nowadays. Characterization and modelling techniques develop abreast of applications. The illustration is an optical microscope image of a self-assembled photonic crystal where terraces of different thicknesses can be distinguished by their color. Near the terraces’ edges crystal orientation usually changes and can be appreciated by their color.

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