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  Polarization Conversion Effect in Biological and Synthetic Photonic Diamond Structures

Wu, X., Rodríguez-Gallegos, F. L., Heep, M. C., Schwind, B., Li, G., Fabritius, H.-O., et al. (2018). Polarization Conversion Effect in Biological and Synthetic Photonic Diamond Structures. Advanced Optical Materials, 6(24): 1800635. doi:10.1002/adom.201800635.

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Wu, Xia1, Author              
Rodríguez-Gallegos, Fernando L.2, Author              
Heep, Marie Christin3, Author              
Schwind, Bertram1, Author              
Li, Guixin4, Author              
Fabritius, Helge-Otto5, Author              
von Freymann, Georg3, Author              
Förstner, Jens2, Author              
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1Universität Paderborn, Anorganische Chemie - Arbeitskreis Wagner, Warburger Str. 100, 33098 Paderborn, ou_persistent22              
2Theoretical Electrical Engineering, Paderborn University, Warburger Straße 100, Paderborn, 33098, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Physics Department and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 56, Kaiserslautern, 67663, Germany, ou_persistent22              
4Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, 1088 Xueyuan Ave, Shenzhen, 518055, China, ou_persistent22              
5Biological Composites, Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max Planck Society, ou_1863385              

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Free keywords: Biology; Biomimetic materials; Biomimetics; Crystal orientation; Diamonds; Dichroism; Light polarization; Photonic crystals, Circularly polarized light; Diamond structures; Entimus imperialis; Linearly polarized light; Polarization conversion; Polarization direction; Structural organization; Woodpile structure, Biological materials
 Abstract: Polarization of light is essential for some living organisms and many optical applications. Here, an orientation dependent polarization conversion effect is reported for light reflected from diamond-structure-based photonic crystals (D-structure) inside the scales of a beetle, the weevil Entimus imperialis. When linearly polarized light propagates along its 〈100〉 directions, the D-structure behaves analogous to a half-wave plate in reflection but based on a different mechanism. The D-structure rotates the polarization direction of linearly polarized light, and reflects circularly polarized light of both handednesses without changing it. This polarization effect is different from circular dichroism occurring in chiral biological photonic structures discovered before. The structural origin of this effect is symmetry breaking inside D-structure's unit cell. This finding demonstrates that natural photonic structures can exploit multiple functionalities inherent to the design principles of their structural organization. Aiming at transferring the inherent polarization effect of the biological D-structure to technically realizable materials, three simplified biomimetic structural models are derived and it is theoretically demonstrated that they retain the effect. Out of these structures, functioning woodpile structure prototypes are fabricated. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH Co. KGaA, Weinheim

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018-12-17
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1002/adom.201800635
BibTex Citekey: Wu2018
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Title: Advanced Optical Materials
  Abbreviation : Adv. Opt. Mater.
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Publ. Info: Weinheim : WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 6 (24) Sequence Number: 1800635 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2195-1071
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2195-1071