Mie Resonances and Bonding in Photonic Crystals

M.I. Antonoyiannakis and J.B. Pendry


Isolated dielectric spheres support resonant electromagnetic modes which are analogous to electronic orbitals and, like their electronic counterparts, can form bonding or anti-bonding interactions between neighbouring spheres. By irradiating the system with light at the bonding frequency an attractive interaction is induced between the spheres. We suggest that by judicious selection of bonding states we can drive a system towards a desired structure, rather than rely on the structure dictated by gravitational or Van der Waals forces, the latter deriving from the zero point energy population of a state.

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