Development of photonic crystal display devices

  • Author / Creator
    Krabbe, Joshua Dirk
  • This thesis investigates technologies directed towards developing photonic crystal display devices. A switching technology based on dye electrophoretic motion within a 1D porous photonic crystal was developed. Dissociated absorbing dye species were moved through the assembled device and reflectance was controllably altered by up to 0.4. Refinement of fabrication techniques yielded a slow switching device, whose time-resolved reflectance data was analyzed. A wavelength dependence of the device switching speed was observed. This phenomenon was described by modelling where bandgap effects match observation. These devices may be improved by employing a 3D photonic crystal. We developed a nanoimprint lithography technique for seeding films deposited by GLAD for the fabrication of 3D square spiral photonic crystals. Parameters for patterning a precisely defined mould pattern using electron beam lithography were established. A large area diamond:1 square spiral photonic crystal was fabricated on the nanoimprinted seeds, and it exhibited a visible wavelength bandgap.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Brett, Michael (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ivey, Douglas (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • DeCorby, Ray (Electrical and Computer Engineering)