Nanoscale pillar hypersonic surface phononic crystals

D. Yudistira, A. Boes, B. Graczykowski, F. Alzina, L. Y. Yeo, C. M. Sotomayor Torres, A. Mitchell

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    © 2016 American Physical Society. We report on nanoscale pillar-based hypersonic phononic crystals in single crystal Z-cut lithium niobate. The phononic crystal is formed by a two-dimensional periodic array of nearly cylindrical nanopillars 240 nm in diameter and 225 nm in height, arranged in a triangular lattice with a 300-nm lattice constant. The nanopillars are fabricated by the recently introduced nanodomain engineering via laser irradiation of patterned chrome followed by wet etching. Numerical simulations and direct measurements using Brillouin light scattering confirm the simultaneous existence of nonradiative complete surface phononic band gaps. The band gaps are found below the sound line at hypersonic frequencies in the range 2-7 GHz, formed from local resonances and Bragg scattering. These hypersonic structures are realized directly in the piezoelectric material lithium niobate enabling phonon manipulation at significantly higher frequencies than previously possible with this platform, opening new opportunities for many applications in plasmonic, optomechanic, microfluidic, and thermal engineering.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number094304
    JournalPhysical Review B
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2016


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