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Recent Findings from University of California Has Provided New Information about Polymer Physics

May 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Physics Week -- New research on Polymer Physics is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Santa Barbara, California, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The synthesis and characterization of highly ordered three-dimensional photonic crystals have been the subjects of intense study over the past two decades due to the unique ability of these structures to control light at the nanoscale. Building on that work in recent years, increasing interest is now focused on the unique optical properties of disordered and quasi-ordered photonic structures."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "We present a study of the effects of shape anisotropy and disorder on the specular reflection properties of polymer-based colloidal films comprised of rod-shaped subunits of varying aspect ratio. We characterize the specular reflectance properties of these films as a function of their increasing levels of disorder, demonstrating progressive transition from resonant reflection to diffuse reflection."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The onset of the diffuse reflection is governed by particle size."

For more information on this research see: Progressive Transition from Resonant to Diffuse Reflection in Anisotropic Colloidal Films. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 2014;52(9):611-617. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA.

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R. Rotstein, University of California, Dept. of Mol Cellular & Dev Biol, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, United States. Additional authors for this research include S. Mitragotri, M. Moskovits and D.E. Morse.

Keywords for this news article include: California, Santa Barbara, United States, Polymer Physics, North and Central America

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