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Elucidating the fine details of cholesteric liquid crystal shell reflection patterns

Elucidating the fine details of cholesteric liquid crystal shell reflection patterns
Romano Rupp, JungHyun Noh, Yong Geng, Irena Drevensek-Olenik, Jan Lagerwall

ABSTRACT

Clusters of planar-aligned short-pitch cholesteric liquid crystal spheres generate dynamic colourful patterns due to multiple selective reflections from the radially oriented cholesteric helices in neighbour shells at varying distances. These photonic communication patterns were widely investigated for the cases of both droplets and shells, demonstrating not only intriguing optical phenomena but also potential for applications as new optical elements for photonics, sensing or security pattern generation. However, the optics of these clusters is truly complex and until now only the strongest and most fundamental reflections have been analysed and explained. In this report, we elucidate the origin of a number of more subtle reflections and we explain the extension in space of various spots as well as their internal colour variations.

Publisher URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02678292.2017.1363916

DOI: 10.1080/02678292.2017.1363916

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