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Switchable polarization-sensitive surface plasmon resonance of highly stable gold nanorods liquid crystals composites
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Paper Abstract

In this work, we demonstrate the bulk self-alignment of gold nanorods (GNRs) dispersed in lyotropic nematic liquid crystals (LCs) with high optical absorption coefficient at the surface plasmon resonant wavelength. The polymer-coated GNRs which show spontaneous long-range orientational ordering along the director of LC host exhibit long-term stability as well as high concentration. External magnetic field and shearing allow for alignment and realignment of the orientation of gold nanorods by changing the director of the liquid crystal matrix. This results in a switchable polarization-sensitive surface plasmon resonance exhibiting stark differences from that of the same nanorods in isotropic fluids. The devise-scale bulk nanoparticle alignment may enable optical metamaterial mass production and control of surface plasmon resonance of nanoparticles.

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Date Published: 28 November 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8308, Optoelectronic Materials and Devices VI, 830810 (28 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.905435
Show Author Affiliations
Qingkun Liu, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Jun Qian, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Fuhong Cai, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Ivan I. Smalyukh, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder (United States)
Sailing He, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8308:
Optoelectronic Materials and Devices VI
Guang-Hua Duan, Editor(s)

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