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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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.001116


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Abstract

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

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

Citation
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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-10-1116

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