Microstructure design of 3D nano-photonic metamaterials for greater optical properties
This research focuses on the phase field modeling of 3D novel nano-photonic metamaterials from directionally solidified eutectics with greater optical functionality. For this purpose, I develop routes for combined phase field model with smooth boundary method to utilize directional solidification of eutectics to define hierarchical organization of matter at length scales between 10-1000 nm, taking into account the effect of interfacial energies, chemical miscibility, anisotropy, and crystal structures. I also develop a scientific framework that will allow for the generation of 2D and 3D extended structures of hybrid metallic/nonmetallic components arranged with near-molecular precision. The current study was performed in collaboration with Stanford University and UIUC.