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Biological tissue-inspired tunable photonic fluid [Biophysics and Computational Biology]

We design an amorphous material with a full photonic bandgap inspired by how cells pack in biological tissues. The size of the photonic bandgap can be manipulated through thermal and mechanical tuning. These directionally isotropic photonic bandgaps persist in solid and fluid phases, hence giving rise to a photonic fluid-like state that is robust with respect to fluid flow, rearrangements, and thermal fluctuations in contrast to traditional photonic crystals. This design should lead to the engineering of self-assembled nonrigid photonic structures with photonic bandgaps that can be controlled in real time via mechanical and thermal tuning.

Authors:   Xinzhi Li; Amit Das; Dapeng Bi
Journal:   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences current issue
Volume:   115
edition:   26
Year:   2018
Pages:   6650
DOI:   10.1073/pnas.1715810115
Publication date:   26-Jun-2018
Facts, background information, dossiers
  • tissue
  • photonic crystals
  • lead
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