Circular birefringence of banded spherulites

Xiaoyan Cui, Alexander G. Shtukenberg, John Freudenthal, Shane Nichols, Bart Kahr

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Crystal optical properties of banded spherulites of 21 different compounds-molecular crystals, polymers, and minerals-with helically twisted fibers were analyzed with Mueller matrix polarimetry. The well-established radial oscillations in linear birefringence of many polycrystalline ensembles is accompanied by oscillations in circular birefringence that cannot be explained by the natural optical activity of corresponding compounds, some of which are centrosymmetric in the crystalline state. The circular birefringence is shown to be a consequence of misoriented, overlapping anisotropic lamellae, a kind of optical activity associated with the mesoscale stereochemistry of the refracting components. Lamellae splay as a consequence of space constraints related to simultaneous twisting of anisometric lamellae. This mechanism is supported by quantitative simulations of circular birefringence arising from crystallite twisting and splaying under confinement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5481-5490
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume136
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 9 2014

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Birefringence
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Polymers
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Crystals
Fibers

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  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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Cui, X., Shtukenberg, A. G., Freudenthal, J., Nichols, S., & Kahr, B. (2014). Circular birefringence of banded spherulites. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(14), 5481-5490. https://doi.org/10.1021/ja5013382

Circular birefringence of banded spherulites. / Cui, Xiaoyan; Shtukenberg, Alexander G.; Freudenthal, John; Nichols, Shane; Kahr, Bart.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 136, No. 14, 09.04.2014, p. 5481-5490.

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Cui, X, Shtukenberg, AG, Freudenthal, J, Nichols, S & Kahr, B 2014, 'Circular birefringence of banded spherulites', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 136, no. 14, pp. 5481-5490. https://doi.org/10.1021/ja5013382
Cui, Xiaoyan ; Shtukenberg, Alexander G. ; Freudenthal, John ; Nichols, Shane ; Kahr, Bart. / Circular birefringence of banded spherulites. In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2014 ; Vol. 136, No. 14. pp. 5481-5490.
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