We introduce stressed liquid crystals as new ultra fast light modulating materials that provide large shift of phase retardation in a submillisecond time frame. Performance of these materials in a number of applications, including those that work in the IR region, is discussed.
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G. Zhang, A. Glushchenko, and J. L. West, "Fast light modulator based on stressed liquid crystals," in Frontiers in Optics 2004/Laser Science XXII/Diffractive Optics and Micro-Optics/Optical Fabrication and Testing, OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper FML4.
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