Observation of sub-Bragg diffraction of waves in crystals

Simon R. Huisman, Rajesh Nair, Alex Hartsuiker, Léon A. Woldering, Allard P. Mosk, Willem L. Vos

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We investigate the diffraction conditions and associated formation of stop gaps for waves in crystals with different Bravais lattices. We identify a prominent stop gap in high-symmetry directions that occurs at a frequency below the ubiquitous first-order Bragg condition. This sub-Bragg-diffraction condition is demonstrated by reflectance spectroscopy on two-dimensional photonic crystals with a centered rectangular lattice, revealing prominent diffraction peaks for both the sub-Bragg and first-order Bragg conditions. These results have implications for wave propagation in 2 of the 5 two-dimensional Bravais lattices and 7 out of 14 three-dimensional Bravais lattices, such as centered rectangular, triangular, hexagonal, and body-centered cubic.
Original languageEnglish
Article number083901
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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    Huisman, S. R., Nair, R., Hartsuiker, A., Woldering, L. A., Mosk, A. P., & Vos, W. L. (2012). Observation of sub-Bragg diffraction of waves in crystals. Physical review letters, 108(8), [083901]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.083901