Liquid crystals: Smoothing out the wrinkles

Eric W. Kaler

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The optical properties of lyotropic liquid crystals formed by a multilayer stack of lipid membranes were studied. It was observed that the lack of correlation between these undulations leads to a gradual loss of long-range order that results in concomitant loss of intensity of diffracted light. The liquid crystals act as a diffraction grating which can be useful for the practical manipulation of light. It was shown that the order of a lamellar liquid crystal formed by a bilayer membranes can be actively controlled by the motion of charged colloidal particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-12
Number of pages2
JournalNature Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


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