Chiral optics of helicoidal cellulose nanocrystal films

Bodo Wilts, Ahu Gumrah Dumanli, Rox Middleton, P. Vukusic, Silvia Vignolini

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Cellulose nanocrystals in water suspensions behave as lyotropic liquid crystals forming a chiral nematic phase above a critical concentration. Such an organization can be retained in solid films and give rise to an intense colored appearance. Here,
we characterize their optical response by applying optical and scanning electron
microscopy, imaging scatterometry, and angle-resolved reflectance measurements.
We show that the experimental results are well explained by computational modeling using the finite-difference time-domain method, but slightly less well by Berremann’s analytical model.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAPL Photonics
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2017


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