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Universal soft matter template: from photonic to metamaterial applications
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We report on the realization and characterization of a polymeric template sculptured in photosensitive material, on a chemical inert surface. The structure is devoted to micro/nanoconfinement and stabilization of a wide range of organic and nano-particle components with selfarrangement properties at the nanoscale [1]. High quality morphology of a polymeric, micropatterned, array is obtained by combining a, nano-precision level, optical holographic setup and a multi-step chemico-physical process. The "universal" template represents the basic platform to be filled with different organic materials, which can also include metallic nano-particles. The long range self-organization is induced without making use of any kind of surface chemistry. Due to their capability of exhibiting self organization, light responsive Liquid Crystals (LC) [2] and short pitch Cholesterics LC [3] have been exploited, and experimental studies have been carried out in order to investigate the photo-optical and elecro-optical response of obtained composite structures for the realization of photonic devices. Finally, the possibility of including metallic nano-particles has been also investigated, with the aim of inducing a "metamaterial" behavior of the realized structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8114, Liquid Crystals XV, 81140W (7 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892781
Show Author Affiliations
Cesare Umeton, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)
Luciano De Sio, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)
Roberto Caputo, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)
Sameh Ferjani, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)
Giuseppe Strangi, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)
Liquid Crystal Lab., CNR, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)
Roberto Bartolino, Univ. of Calabria (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8114:
Liquid Crystals XV
Iam Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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