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A Self-Organized Anisotropic Liquid-Crystal Plasmonic Metamaterial

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  • José Dintinger,

    1. Optics & Photonics Technology Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Rue A.-L.Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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  • Bai-Jia Tang,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
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  • Xianbing Zeng,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
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  • Feng Liu,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
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  • Tobias Kienzler,

    1. Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Solid State Optics, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Max-Wien Platz 1, 07743 Jena, Germany
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  • Georg H. Mehl,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
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  • Goran Ungar,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
    Current affiliation:
    1. WCU Program C2E2, School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
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  • Carsten Rockstuhl,

    1. Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and Solid State Optics, Abbe Center of Photonics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Max-Wien Platz 1, 07743 Jena, Germany
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  • Toralf Scharf

    Corresponding author
    1. Optics & Photonics Technology Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Rue A.-L.Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    • Optics & Photonics Technology Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Rue A.-L.Breguet 2, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
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Abstract

A composite material that leads to self organization of mesogen-coated gold nanospheres is synthesized and shows enhanced anisotropic optical properties due to synergistic effects of the mesogens intrinsic birefringence and its ability to drive the self-assembly process into highly anisotropic architectures with densely packed nanospheres. Such nanoengineered matter sustains a response beyond that achievable by its individual constituents, i.e., a metamaterial.

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