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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 842–844

Electro-optical detection based on large Kerr effect in polymer-stabilized liquid crystals

Ru-Long Jin, Yan-Hao Yu, Han Yang, Feng Zhu, Qi-Dai Chen, Mao-Bin Yi, and Hong-Bo Sun  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 842-844 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.000842


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Abstract

In this Letter, polymer-stabilized liquid crystals with experimentally observed large electro-optic effect are introduced to the electro-optical detection to improve the voltage sensitivity. The Kerr constant of materials prepared in this study reached as high as 7.2×109m/V2, increasing by 1000 times the sensitivity of the conventional electro-optical materials. The noncontact detection configuration, using a laser beam as a probe, enables quick two-dimensional scanning measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: November 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 14, 2011
Published: February 22, 2012

Citation
Ru-Long Jin, Yan-Hao Yu, Han Yang, Feng Zhu, Qi-Dai Chen, Mao-Bin Yi, and Hong-Bo Sun, "Electro-optical detection based on large Kerr effect in polymer-stabilized liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 37, 842-844 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-5-842


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