Self-Regulated Smectic Emulsion with Switchable Lasing Application
- Self-Regulated Smectic Emulsion with Switchable Lasing Application
- 이원석; 김대석; Teresa Lopez-Leon; 윤동기
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- VOL 15, NO 49, 1903818
- A structurally reversible smectic liquid crystal (LC) emulsion made of semifluorinated rod-type molecules in silicon oil, which is controlled by simple heating and cooling, is presented. Without adding any kind of additives, such as surfactants, polymers or emulsifiers, and without using any special tools, such as microfluidics or gas bubbling, the LC molecules spontaneously form monodisperse spherical and myelin-like structures upon cooling from the isotropic temperature. The LC emulsion can easily trap guest materials, providing a platform for repeatable and reliable switchable emulsification. For example, this interesting system enables the realization of an on– off lasing system by confining fluorescent dyes in the LC droplets.
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