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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1995
  • pp: 1116–1118

Light-induced director reorientation through the electroclinic effect and optic axis rotation in a chiral smectic A liquid crystal

D. Hermann, L. Komitov, and F. Simoni  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 1116-1118 (1995)

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We report the observation of light-induced director reorientation under the application of an electric field in a chiral smectic A liquid crystal owing to the temperature dependence of the electroclinic coefficient. We also demonstrate the occurrence of another light-induced phenomenon that leads to optic axis rotation, whose origin is not yet clear. Finally, we show that thermal indexing cannot be neglected when fitting the experimental data.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 14, 1995
Published: May 15, 1995

D. Hermann, L. Komitov, and F. Simoni, "Light-induced director reorientation through the electroclinic effect and optic axis rotation in a chiral smectic A liquid crystal," Opt. Lett. 20, 1116-1118 (1995)

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