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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11450–11455

Direct measurement of electric-field-induced birefringence in a polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal composite

Jin Yan, Meizi Jiao, Linghui Rao, and Shin-Tson Wu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11450-11455 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.011450


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Abstract

We demonstrate a method to directly measure the electric-field-induced birefringence of a polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal (PS-BPLC) composite. The induced birefringence follows the extended Kerr effect well and is approximately 3X the ordinary refractive index change. The measured data are validated by comparing the simulated and measured voltage-dependent transmittance with an in-plane switching cell. The impact of these results to the material optimization of emerging BPLC displays is discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(290.3030) Scattering : Index measurements

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: March 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2010
Published: May 14, 2010

Citation
Jin Yan, Meizi Jiao, Linghui Rao, and Shin-Tson Wu, "Direct measurement of electric-field-induced birefringence in a polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal composite," Opt. Express 18, 11450-11455 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-11-11450


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