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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 22 — Nov. 3, 2003
  • pp: 2891–2896

Influence of curing temperature and high birefringence on the properties of polymer-stabilized liquid crystals

Fang Du, Sebastian Gauza, and Shin-Tson Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 22, pp. 2891-2896 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.11.002891


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Abstract

We report the curing temperature effect on the performance of polymer-stabilized liquid crystals at λ=1550 nm. The curing temperature in the polymerization process is found to make a significant impact on the light scattering efficiency, hysteresis, operating voltage, and response time. Using a high birefringence liquid crystal mixture, we have improved the device contrast ratio while keeping low operating voltage, and fast response time. Potential applications of such a PSLC for light shutters, variable optical attenuators, and switchable polarizers are emphasized.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: August 26, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2003
Published: November 3, 2003

Citation
Fang Du, Sebastian Gauza, and Shin-Tson Wu, "Influence of curing temperature and high birefringence on the properties of polymerstabilized liquid crystals," Opt. Express 11, 2891-2896 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-11-22-2891


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