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Volume 2007, Article ID 17692, 7 pages
Research Article

The Structural Engineering Strategy for Photonic Material Research and Device Development

The Physics Department, Laser and Optics Research Center (LORC), 2354 Fairchild Dr. 2A31, USAF Academy, CO 80840, USA

Received 19 August 2007; Accepted 14 October 2007

Academic Editor: Min Qiu

Copyright © 2007 Yalin Lu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A new structural engineering strategy is introduced for optimizing the fabrication of arrayed nanorod materials, optimizing superlattice structures for realizing a strong coupling, and directly developing nanophotonic devices. The strategy can be regarded as “combinatorial” because of the high efficiency in optimizing structures. In this article, this strategy was applied to grow ZnO nanorod arrays, and to develop a new multifunctional photodetector using such nanorod arrays, which is able to simultaneously detect power, energy, and polarization of an incident ultraviolet radiation. The strategy was also used to study the extraordinary dielectric behavior of relaxor ferroelectric lead titanate doped lead magnesium niobate heterophase superlattices in the terahertz frequencies, in order to investigate their dielectric polariton physics and the potential to be integrated with tunable surface resonant plasmonics devices.