Using magnetic birefringence to determine the molecular arrangement of supramolecular nanostructures

J.C. Gielen, I.O. Shklyarevskiy, A.P.H.J. Schenning, P.C.M. Christianen, J.C. Maan

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Abstract

Supramolecular aggregates can be aligned in solution using a magnetic field. Because of the optical anisotropy of the molecular building blocks, the alignment results in an anisotropic refractive index of the solution parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field. We present a model for calculating the magnetic birefringence, using solely the magnetic susceptibilities and optical polarizabilities of the molecules, for any molecular arrangement. We demonstrate that magnetic birefringence is a very sensitive tool for determining the molecular organization within supramolecular aggregates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalScience and Technology of Advanced Materials
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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