SOFT PHOTONICS

Electroshock tuning of photonic crystals

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Photonic crystals with optical bandgaps across the entire visible spectrum are generated by reconfiguring three-dimensional blue phase liquid crystalline lattices into long-lived metastable non-cubic structures using sequences of electric pulses.

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Fig. 1: Lattice reconfiguration of a cubic blue-phase liquid crystal using the repetitively-applied-field technique.

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Žumer, S. Electroshock tuning of photonic crystals. Nat. Mater. 19, 6–7 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-019-0569-z

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