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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 11 — May. 21, 2012
  • pp: 11659–11664

Ultrafast switching of randomly-aligned nematic liquid crystals

Dong Han Song, Jung-Wook Kim, Ki-Han Kim, Soon Joon Rho, Hyeokjin Lee, Heeseop Kim, and Tae-Hoon Yoon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 11, pp. 11659-11664 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.011659


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Abstract

We propose an ultrafast nematic liquid crystal (LC) device without alignment layers, where both the dark and bright states can be realized by applying an electric field. A vertical electric field is applied to vertically align the LCs for the dark state, whereas an in-plane electric field is applied to homogeneously align the LCs for the bright state. We achieved a total response time of less than 3 ms in the proposed device. This device may contribute, not only to a significant improvement of the switching speed in liquid crystal devices, but also to the simplification of the device fabrication by the omission of the alignment layer coating and the rubbing process.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: March 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 1, 2012
Published: May 7, 2012

Citation
Dong Han Song, Jung-Wook Kim, Ki-Han Kim, Soon Joon Rho, Hyeokjin Lee, Heeseop Kim, and Tae-Hoon Yoon, "Ultrafast switching of randomly-aligned nematic liquid crystals," Opt. Express 20, 11659-11664 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-11-11659


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