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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2006
  • pp: 3273–3275

Holographic diffraction gratings using polymer-dispersed ferroelectric liquid crystals

Scott J. Woltman, James N. Eakin, Gregory P. Crawford, and Slobodan Žumer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 22, pp. 3273-3275 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.003273


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Abstract

By controlling the morphology of holographic polymer-dispersed ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs), highly aligned FLC domains are obtained for diffractive optical applications. Rapid, thresholdless switching is observed for various grating pitch sizes between 3 and 12 μ m . A simple phenomenological model is presented encompassing a distribution of domain sizes and an effective field that stabilizes the FLC domains to reflect the observed thresholdless switching and optical behavior.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(160.2260) Materials : Ferroelectrics
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings

ToC Category:
Holography

History
Original Manuscript: July 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 24, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2006
Published: October 26, 2006

Citation
Scott J. Woltman, James N. Eakin, Gregory P. Crawford, and Slobodan Žumer, "Holographic diffraction gratings using polymer-dispersed ferroelectric liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 31, 3273-3275 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-22-3273


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