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Droplets set light in a spin

Fusilli pasta is made by extruding dough through an appropriately shaped hole. A new method for making similar shapes in the optical field of light involves passing laser beams through droplets of liquid crystals.

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Figure 1: Light with a twist.

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Padgett, M. Droplets set light in a spin. Nature 461, 600–601 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/461600a

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