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Thin films with a hidden twist

Many naturally occurring substances have a 'handedness' that enables them to interact highly specifically with matter or light. The helical features responsible for this can now be replicated in solid, porous films. See Letter p.422

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Figure 1: Capturing the chiral structure of liquid crystals in a solid film.

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Stein, A. Thin films with a hidden twist. Nature 468, 387–388 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/468387a

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