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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 15719–15727

Optically-isotropic nanoencapsulated liquid crystal displays based on Kerr effect

Seung-Gon Kang and Jae-Hoon Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 15719-15727 (2013)

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An innovative liquid crystal display (LCD), incorporating in-plane switching mechanism with LC nanoencapsulation, is developed and its electro-optic (EO) performances are characterized. The nanoencapsulated LCDs exhibit electric-field induced transitions from an optically-isotropic state to an anisotropic one based on Kerr effect. Extremely small size of LC droplets embedded in the nanoencapsulated layer, less than a quarter of wavelength of incident light, appear transparent in the voltage-off state and gradually becomes birefringent in response to applied voltage, exhibiting the optical behavior of uniaxial retarder. Due to optically-isotropic nature and a large Kerr effect, they show wide viewing angle characteristics and good EO performances.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: April 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2013
Published: June 24, 2013

Seung-Gon Kang and Jae-Hoon Kim, "Optically-isotropic nanoencapsulated liquid crystal displays based on Kerr effect," Opt. Express 21, 15719-15727 (2013)

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