The reversible strip is composed of a number of printed temperature events that contain different formulations of Liquid Crystal molecules.
Normally, when a solid is heated, at a fixed temperature (termed the melting point) the solid converts straight to an isotropic liquid. However liquid crystalline substances do not convert directly to a liquid but exist as a third state of matter that exhibits the flow properties of a liquid and the optical properties of a solid, before finally converting to a liquid at a higher temperature. These substances are termed Liquid Crystals.
Liquid crystal molecules are very sensitive to temperature and change position, or twist, in relation to changes in temperature. This change in molecular structure affects the wavelengths of light that are absorbed or reflected by the liquid crystals, resulting in an apparent change in the colour of each temperature event. For example, as the temperature increases, the liquid crystal molecules twist slightly in one direction. This twist causes the liquid crystal substance to absorb more of the red and blue portions of the visible light, and reflect the green part. This causes the temperature event to appear green. When the temperature decreases, the molecules begin to twist in the other direction, and reflect a different portion of the spectrum.
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