New structural phase transition may broaden the applicability of photo-responsive solids

Scientists discovered a new type of structural phase transition of an organic crystal called the photo-triggered phase transition. Under this phenomenon, the crystal, which exhibits a thermal phase transition that is reversible by heating and cooling, transforms to the identical phase upon light irradiation at temperatures lower than the thermal transition temperature. The photo-triggered phase transition may extend functions of photo-responsive solid materials in the future.
New structural phase transition may broaden the applicability of photo-responsive solids