With Continuous chirality, Twisted bowties are created - Research


Bowties that are continuously chiralized and twisted

The chirality, or handedness, of bowtie-shaped nanostructured microparticles developed by US researchers at the University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan can be constantly modified over a broad range. The polarised light-sensitive simple components that make up the complicated particles can be carefully regulated to generate a variety of curling shapes. 

The photonically active nanoassemblies may be used in a variety of fields, such as machine vision, medicine, and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) devices.

Chirality is a geometric feature that can be thought of as the gradual twisting of a candy wrapper in terms of continuous mathematical functions that describe it. 

Theoretically, a family of stable structures with comparable forms and gradually tuneable chirality should be feasible. However, chirality is frequently viewed in chemistry as a binary property, with molecules having two copies known as Enantiomers that are mirror images of one another, much like a pair of human hands. When its chirality is altered, the structure is broken because it is frequently "locked in."

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