Abstract

A technique has been developed to extract quantitative crystallographic data from randomly oriented colloidal crystals using a divergent-beam approach. This technique was tested on a series of diverse experimental images of colloidal crystals formed from monodisperse suspensions of sterically stabilized poly-(methyl methacrylate) spheres suspended in organic index-matching solvents. Complete sets of reciprocal lattice basis vectors were extracted in all but one case. When data extraction was successful, results appeared to be accurate to about 1% for lattice parameters and to within ~2° for orientation. This approach is easier to implement than a previously developed parallel-beam approach with the drawback that the divergent-beam approach is not as robust in certain situations with random hexagonal close-packed crystals. The two techniques are therefore complimentary to each other, and between them it should be possible to extract quantitative crystallographic data with a conventional optical microscope from any closely index-matched colloidal crystal whose lattice parameters are compatible with visible wavelengths.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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