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Ordering in stretch-tunable polymeric opal fibers.
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PMID:  21369136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We demonstrate the production of high-quality polymer opal fibers in an industrially-scalable process. These fibers exhibit structural color, based on the self-assembly of sub-micron core-shell particles, with a spectrum which is stretch-tunable across the visible region. The internal substructure and ordering of fibers, as inferred from variations in spectral bandwidth, is studied using dark-field microscopy. We employ a granular model to examine flow and shear forces during the extrusion process, and the effects on particle ordering. In both theory and experiment, a concentric zone of the fiber near the exposed surface develops particularly strong structural color. Such elastically-tuned structurally colored fibers are of interest for many applications.
Chris E Finlayson; Chris Goddard; Elpida Papachristodoulou; David R E Snoswell; Andreas Kontogeorgos; Peter Spahn; G P Hellmann; Ortwin Hess; Jeremy J Baumberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Optics express     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1094-4087     ISO Abbreviation:  Opt Express     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101137103     Medline TA:  Opt Express     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3144-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
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