We have investigated the in-plane switching of cholesteric liquid crystals for reflective wavelength shifters for visible and near-infrared applications. These devices are based on the elongation of the cholesteric pitch by an electric field perpendicular to the helical axis. The transmission notch-reflection peak position can be tuned continuously to a longer wavelength (redshift) by application of an in-plane electric field. The helix is completely unwound when the electric field is higher than the cholesteric-to-nematic transition field, and the sample is transformed to a transparent state. We have investigated the electro-optic performance of in-plane switching of cholesteric samples and developed a simple phenomenological model to describe the underlying electro-optic phenomena.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2004
Published: September 10, 2004
Haiqing Xianyu, Sadeg Faris, and Gregory P. Crawford, "In-plane switching of cholesteric liquid crystals for visible and near-infrared applications," Appl. Opt. 43, 5006-5015 (2004)