|About this Abstract
||2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||2016 Functional Nanomaterials: Emerging Nanomaterials and Techniques for 3D Architectures
||Synthesis of 3D Optical Metamaterials through Directional Solidification of Eutectics
||Kaitlin I Tyler, Julia B Kohanek, Jinwoo Kim, Paul V Braun
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
||Kaitlin I Tyler
Metamaterials take advantage of uniquely structured materials to generate properties not found in nature. A periodic composite structure, made from two materials with significantly different optical constants, is one path to access these properties. Many different technologies are used to make these structures, including photolithography, electron beam lithography, and focused ion beam milling. These methods, however, can be time consuming, difficult to use over large areas, and virtually impossible to use in the formation of 3D structures. We look at a novel approach of making ordered 3D structures via directional solidification of eutectic materials. The self-assembled periodicity of eutectics and the contrasting optical properties for metals and dielectrics have led to metallic-dielectric eutectic systems with potentially enhanced optical properties.