Abstract

This paper presents a computational adaptive mesh refinement technique for designing photonic nanostructures with a specific perceived color. This inverse design method can be used for any color-based application of photonic structures, including pigment-free paints, anticounterfeiting materials, and reflective displays. The adaptive mesh refinement technique is efficient, and results are returned within seconds or minutes on a laptop computer, eliminating the need for cluster computing. This search method can be used for any well-characterized photonic structure and can even be adapted to accommodate fabrication constraints. In this work, the adaptive mesh search is applied to 1D, 2D, and 3D photonic structures, and the resulting designs are satisfactory matches with the desired colors.

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