We report on the synthesis and characteristics of a holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (H-PDLC) switchable grating based on nano-Ag particles. The influence of doping different concentrations of nano-Ag on the diffraction efficiency, driving voltage, and response time of the H-PDLC grating is investigated. The best grating characteristics were achieved with 0.05% nano-Ag doping. Calculated and experimental results reveal that the improvement of the characteristics is likely due to the surface plasmon effect of nano-Ag.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2013
Published: October 21, 2013
Menghua Zhang, Jihong Zheng, Kun Gui, Kangni Wang, Caihong Guo, Xiaopeng Wei, and Songlin Zhuang, "Electro-optical characteristics of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal gratings doped with nanosilver," Appl. Opt. 52, 7411-7418 (2013)