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Quantum dot self-assembly in liquid crystal media
Author(s): Linda S Hirst; Jennifer Kirchhoff; Richard Inman; Sayantani Ghosh
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Paper Abstract

In recent years the dispersion and directed assembly of nano-particles in liquid crystal media has proved an interesting field for investigation and one that may yield new hybrid materials for optical applications and fundamental research. In this paper, we investigate the dispersion of quantum dots in different liquid crystal phases, looking at aggregation and pattern formation. Quantum dot self-assembly in liquid crystals is dependent on particle surface properties and concentration in the liquid crystal medium. By varying these parameters we observe some fascinating structures and phase behavior using polarized optical microscopy and fluorescence microscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7618, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies V, 76180F (18 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.848195
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Linda S Hirst, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)
Jennifer Kirchhoff, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)
Florida State Univ. (United States)
Richard Inman, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)
Sayantani Ghosh, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7618:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies V
Liang-Chy Chien, Editor(s)

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