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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2012
  • pp: 4013–4020

Theory and characteristics of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal transmission grating with scaffolding morphology

Wenbin Huang, Yonggang Liu, Zhihui Diao, Chengliang Yang, Lishuang Yao, Ji Ma, and Li Xuan  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 18, pp. 4013-4020 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.004013


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Abstract

We have performed a detailed characterization of the optical properties of a holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (LC) transmission grating with polymer scaffolding morphology, which was fabricated with conventional high-functionality acrylate monomer under low curing intensity. Temporal evolution of the grating formation was investigated, and the amount of phase-separated LC was determined by birefringence investigation. A grating model combined with anisotropic coupled-wave theory yielded good agreement with experimental data without any fitting parameter. The results in this study demonstrate the non droplet scaffolding morphology grating is characterized by a high degree of phase separation (70%), high anisotropy, low scattering loss (<6%), and high diffraction efficiency (95%).

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Holography

History
Original Manuscript: February 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 7, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2012
Published: June 12, 2012

Citation
Wenbin Huang, Yonggang Liu, Zhihui Diao, Chengliang Yang, Lishuang Yao, Ji Ma, and Li Xuan, "Theory and characteristics of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal transmission grating with scaffolding morphology," Appl. Opt. 51, 4013-4020 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-18-4013

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