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Band gap formation and Anderson localization in disordered photonic materials with structural correlations

Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Engel, Michael ; Sáenz, Juan José ; Scheffold, Frank

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017, vol. 114, no. 36, p. 9570–9574

Disordered dielectric materials with structural correlations show unconventional optical behavior: They can be transparent to long-wavelength radiation, while at the same time have isotropic band gaps in another frequency range. This phenomenon raises fundamental questions concerning photon transport through disordered media. While optical transparency in these materials is robust against...

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Controlling dispersion forces between small particles with artificially created random light fields

Brügger, Georges ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Scheffold, Frank ; Sáenz, Juan José

In: Nature Communications, 2015, vol. 6, p. 7460

Appropriate combinations of laser beams can be used to trap and manipulate small particles with optical tweezers as well as to induce significant optical binding forces between particles. These interaction forces are usually strongly anisotropic depending on the interference landscape of the external fields. This is in contrast with the familiar isotropic, translationally invariant, van der Waals...

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Experimental tuning of transport regimes in hyperuniform disordered photonic materials

Aubry, Geoffroy J. ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Kuhl, Ulrich ; Legrand, Olivier ; Scheffold, Frank ; Mortessagne, Fabrice

In: Physical Review Letters, 2020, vol. 125, no. 12, p. 127402

We present wave transport experiments in hyperuniform disordered arrays of cylinders with high dielectric permittivity. Using microwaves, we show that the same material can display transparency, photon diffusion, Anderson localization, or a full band gap, depending on the frequency ν of the electromagnetic wave. Interestingly, we find a second weaker band gap, which appears to be related to...

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Fluctuations of the electromagnetic local density of states as a probe for structural phase switching

Sousa, N. de ; Sáenz, Juan José ; Scheffold, Frank ; García-Martín, A. ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S.

In: Physical Review A, 2016, vol. 94, no. 4, p. 043832

We study the statistics of the fluorescence decay rates for single quantum emitters embedded in a scattering medium undergoing a phase transition. Under certain circumstances, the structural properties of the scattering medium explore a regime in which the system dynamically switches between two different phases. While in that regime the light-scattering properties of both phases are hardly...

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High-quality photonic crystals with a nearly complete band gap obtained by direct inversion of woodpile templates with titanium dioxide

Marichy, Catherine ; Muller, Nicolas ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Scheffold, Frank

In: Scientific Reports, 2016, vol. 6, p. 21818

Photonic crystal materials are based on a periodic modulation of the dielectric constant on length scales comparable to the wavelength of light. These materials can exhibit photonic band gaps; frequency regions for which the propagation of electromagnetic radiation is forbidden due to the depletion of the density of states. In order to exhibit a full band gap, 3D PCs must present a threshold...

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Light induced inverse-square law interactions between nanoparticles: “mock gravity” at the nanoscale

Luis-Hita, J. ; Marqués, M. I. ; Delgado-Buscalioni, R. ; Sousa, N. de ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Scheffold, Frank ; Sáenz, J. J.

In: Physical Review Letters, 2019, vol. 123, no. 14, p. 143201

The interaction forces between identical resonant molecules or nanoparticles, optically induced by a quasimonochromatic isotropic random light field, are theoretically analyzed. In general, the interaction force exhibits a far-field oscillatory behavior at separation distances larger than the light wavelength. However, we show that the oscillations disappear when the frequency of the random...

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Localized magnetic plasmons in all-dielectric $\ensuremath{\mu}<0$ metastructures

Paniagua-Domínguez, R. ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Sáenz, J. J. ; Sánchez-Gil, J. A.

In: Physical Review B, 2015, vol. 91, no. 23, p. 235120

Metamaterials are known to exhibit a variety of electromagnetic properties nonexisting in nature. We show that an all-dielectric (nonmagnetic) system consisting of deep-subwavelength, high-permittivity resonant spheres possesses effective negative magnetic permeability (dielectric permittivity being positive and small). Due to the symmetry of the electromagnetic wave equations in classical...

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Magneto-Optical Activity in High Index Dielectric Nanoantennas

Sousa, N. de ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Sáenz, Juan José ; García-Martín, A.

In: Scientific Reports, 2016, vol. 6, p. 30803

The magneto-optical activity, namely the polarization conversion capabilities of high- index, non-absorbing, core-shell dielectric nanospheres is theoretically analyzed. We show that, in analogy with their plasmonic counterparts, the polarization conversion in resonant dielectric particles is linked to the amount of electromagnetic field probing the magneto-optical material in the system....

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Negative scattering asymmetry parameter for dipolar particles: Unusual reduction of the transport mean free path and radiation pressure

Gómez-Medina, R. ; Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Yépez, M. ; Scheffold, Frank ; Nieto-Vesperinas, M. ; Sáenz, Juan José

In: Physical Review A - Atomic, molecular and optical physics, 2012, vol. 85, no. 3, p. 035802

Lossless dielectric nanospheres (made of nonmagnetic materials) with relatively low refraction index may present strong electric and magnetic dipolar resonances. We establish a relationship between the optical force from a plane wave on small electric and magnetic dipolar particles, the transport cross section, and the scattering asymmetry parameter g. In this way we predict negative g (that...

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Role of short-range order and hyperuniformity in the formation of band gaps in disordered photonic materials

Froufe-Pérez, Luis S. ; Engel, Michael ; Damasceno, Pablo F. ; Muller, Nicolas ; Haberko, Jakub ; Glotzer, Sharon C. ; Scheffold, Frank

In: Physical Review Letters, 2016, vol. 117, no. 5, p. 053902

We study photonic band gap formation in two-dimensional high-refractive-index disordered materials where the dielectric structure is derived from packing disks in real and reciprocal space. Numerical calculations of the photonic density of states demonstrate the presence of a band gap for all polarizations in both cases. We find that the band gap width is controlled by the increase in...