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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 3756–3759

Voltage transfer function as an optical method to characterize electrical properties of liquid crystal devices

J. Bateman, M. Proctor, O. Buchnev, N. Podoliak, G. D’Alessandro, and M. Kaczmarek  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 13, pp. 3756-3759 (2014)

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The voltage transfer function is a rapid and visually effective method to determine the electrical response of liquid crystal (LC) systems using optical measurements. This method relies on crosspolarized intensity measurements as a function of the frequency and amplitude of the voltage applied to the device. Coupled with a mathematical model of the device it can be used to determine the device time constants and electrical properties. We validate the method using photorefractive LC cells and determine the main time constants and the voltage dropped across the layers using a simple nonlinear filter model.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.5140) Materials : Photoconductive materials
(190.5330) Nonlinear optics : Photorefractive optics
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

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Original Manuscript: April 8, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 20, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2014
Published: June 18, 2014

J. Bateman, M. Proctor, O. Buchnev, N. Podoliak, G. D’Alessandro, and M. Kaczmarek, "Voltage transfer function as an optical method to characterize electrical properties of liquid crystal devices," Opt. Lett. 39, 3756-3759 (2014)

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