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Photoresponsive Monodisperse Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Microshells for Tunable Omnidirectional Lasing Enabled by a Visible Light-Driven Chiral Molecular Switch




A self-organized, phototunable 3D photonic superstructure is fabricated from a photoresponsive 1D liquid crystal using microfluidics. The resulting microshells are water–oil–water double emulsions, in which the oil phase consists of the photoresponsive liquid crystals. The cholesteric microshells exhibit band-edge lasing in all directions, and the wavelength of the resultant band-edge laser is tuned via the pumping laser, causing photoisomerization of the chiral molecular switch.

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