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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 17 — Aug. 18, 2008
  • pp: 12777–12785

Carbon nanotube doped liquid crystal OCB cells: physical and electro-optical properties

Shin-Ying Lu and Liang-Chy Chien  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 12777-12785 (2008)

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We report single-wall carbon nanotube (CNT) doped liquid crystal materials which show significant improvement in the response time for optical controlled birefringence (OCB) cells. Four different types of liquid crystals (LCs) were chosen to mix with CNTs and they demonstrated similar results in improving the response time. Experimental results show that the anchoring energy at alignment layers has been changed by CNT doping. CNTs were attracted to the alignment layer and modified the property of the surface. The anchoring enhancement is due to the π-π electron stacking between the CNTs, LC molecules and alignment layers.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: June 24, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2008
Published: August 7, 2008

Shin-Ying Lu and Liang-Chy Chien, "Carbon nanotube doped liquid crystal OCB cells: physical and electro-optical properties," Opt. Express 16, 12777-12785 (2008)

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