Mie Resonant Structural Colors

Kyungnae Baek, Youngji Kim, Syazwani Mohd-Noor, Jerome K. Hyun

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Structural colors refer to colors produced by the interference of light scattered by judiciously arranged nano- or microscopic structures. In this Forum Article, we discuss the use of Mie resonant scattering in structural colors with dielectric and metal-dielectric hybrid structures to achieve notable figures of merit in pixel size and gamut range. Compared with plasmonic structures, resonant dielectric and hybrid structures are subjected to less loss while providing strong field confinement and large scattering cross sections, making them appealing for realizing vibrant colors at ultrahigh resolutions. We outline the basic principles behind Mie resonances in analytically solvable structures and highlight the relation between these resonances and color with demonstrations in dielectric metasurfaces. Mie resonant colors occurring in nonplanar designs including disordered systems are also explored. We review recent advances in dynamic and reversibly tunable Mie resonant colors and conclude by providing an outlook for future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5300-5318
Number of pages19
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number5
StatePublished - 5 Feb 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIT) (nos. NRF-2017R1A5A1015365 and 2019R1C1C1002802) and the Technology Development Program to Solve Climate Changes of the NRF (NRF-2016M1A2A2940914).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society.


  • color gamut
  • dielectric metasurfaces
  • dots per inches
  • Mie theory
  • structural colors


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