Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Karen Lozano
Dr. Seokyoung Ahn
Dr. Dorina Mihut
Photonic Crystals have the potential for engineered light interaction as directed by the photonic bandgap, a property that details the prohibited propagation region and ultimately the ability to guide light. A so called, photonics-on-chip, would incorporate arbitrary light guiding with functional elements in one package. The realization of such a device is subject to the fabrication paradigms implemented and this thesis is concerned with holographic lithography as a means for creating polymer photonics crystal templates and two-photon polymerization for incorporating light guiding pathways.
In this thesis, the design of the to-be-fabricated structures has been co-opted by computational exploration of the photonic crystals possible under the fabrication paradigms with the photonic bandgap considered as a target for design optimization, and tolerancing. Introduction of defects into photonic crystal templates has been successfully realized with the assistance of a tunable femtosecond oscillator laser after the processing conditions have been investigated and demonstrated.
University of Texas-Pan American