Abstract

Fabry–Perot etalons have been fabricated with 3D colloidal photonic crystal mirrors. The colloid films were optimized for high reflection and low loss to provide good finesse values in the 1200–1700nm spectral range. A cavity quality factor of 2400 and a finesse of 8 together with sharp 0.5nm wide resonance transmission peaks are reported that attest to the relatively good optical quality of the three-dimensionally structured films and the promise of self-assembly colloidal crystal chemistry in providing novel microporous optical interferometers for potential applications such as environmental and biological sensing.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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