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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1968–1970

Photosensitive liquid crystals with nanoparticulate internal structure

N. Tabiryan, V. Grozhik, and S. Serak  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 22, pp. 1968-1970 (2002)

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Stabilization of thermodynamic relaxation of photoinduced cis isomers of azobenzene liquid-crystal molecules is observed in nanoparticulate networks. The phenomenon permits bistability of the phase state (anisotropic and isotropic) of the material and reversible all-optical switching between those states, resulting in strong changes in the light-scattering properties of the material. Recording of complex optical structures with high spatial resolution with the aid of laser beams of different wavelengths is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording
(260.5130) Physical optics : Photochemistry
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

N. Tabiryan, V. Grozhik, and S. Serak, "Photosensitive liquid crystals with nanoparticulate internal structure," Opt. Lett. 27, 1968-1970 (2002)

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