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Electrically Reconfigurable and Thermally Sensitive Optical Properties of Gold Nanorods Dispersed Liquid Crystal Blue Phase
Soft Matter (2011)
  • Jenny-Marie Wong, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • Jeoung-Yeon Hwang, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • Liang-Chy Chien, Kent State University - Kent Campus
Abstract

We report the electrically reconfigurable optical properties of gold nanorods (AuNRs) dispersed liquid crystal blue phase (BP). In principle, dispersing gold nanorods in a BP should not possess a critical concentration of the dispersant at the nanoscale, because the free-energy cost of disclination is negligible. Yet, the experimental results indicate that BP range reaches a plateau at a critical concentration of AuNRs. The mesophase range of the pure BP studied by polarizing optical microscopy is theoretically validated. The optical property of an AuNRs dispersed BP system is electrically and thermally reconfigurable.

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Publication Date
August 3, 2011
Publisher Statement
Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1sm05764b
Citation Information
Jenny-Marie Wong, Jeoung-Yeon Hwang and Liang-Chy Chien. "Electrically Reconfigurable and Thermally Sensitive Optical Properties of Gold Nanorods Dispersed Liquid Crystal Blue Phase" Soft Matter Vol. 7 Iss. 18 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/liang-chy_chien/32/