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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2009
  • pp: 3144–3153

Polarization properties of polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal film with small nematic droplets

Polina G. Lisinetskaya, Alexander A. Konkolovich, and Valery A. Loiko  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 17, pp. 3144-3153 (2009)

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The polarization state of light transmitted through a polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal film with small, spherical, nonabsorbing, partially oriented nematic droplets is theoretically investigated. The model used is based on the effective medium approach. Scattering properties of a single droplet are described by the Rayleigh–Gans approximation. Propagation of coherent light is described within the framework of the Twersky theory. To describe the orientation of liquid-crystal molecules inside droplets and liquid-crystal droplets in a sample, the concept of multilevel order parameters is employed. Conditions for circular and linear polarization of the transmitted light are determined and investigated.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

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Original Manuscript: January 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 2, 2009
Published: June 1, 2009

Polina G. Lisinetskaya, Alexander A. Konkolovich, and Valery A. Loiko, "Polarization properties of polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal film with small nematic droplets," Appl. Opt. 48, 3144-3153 (2009)

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