To obtain 3D photonic crystals by the method of self-organization and
ordering of colloidal nanoparticles in electrolyte solutions with subsequent fixation in an elastic gel matrix.
To grow colloid crystals in zero gravity, to fix the crystal structure
by photocuring, to deliver the obtained materials to Earth.
The unique optical properties of photonic crystals make them a promising
product for use in highly efficient optical communications and data
processing applications. The use of photonic crystals will allow
significantly improving noise immunity and data processing rates.
Returned to Earth is the 3DPCU main unit with samples of the obtained