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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2014
  • pp: 1453–1456

Electro-optical effects in porous PET films filled with liquid crystal: new possibilities for fiber optics and THZ applications

A. Chopik, S. Pasechnik, D. Semerenko, D. Shmeliova, A. Dubtsov, A. K. Srivastava, and V. Chigrinov  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 6, pp. 1453-1456 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001453


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Abstract

The results of investigation of electro-optical properties of porous polyethylene terephthalate films filled with a nematic liquid crystal (5 CB) are presented. It is established that the optical response of the samples on the applied voltage drastically depends on the frequency range. At low frequencies of applied electrical field (f<fc) after the sharp change of the polarity the optical response arises as an impulse of light intensity, which decays for the time essentially shorter than the electric pulse duration. At high frequencies (f>fc) electric field induces an overall change in the light intensity, which is typical for an electro-optical response of a liquid crystal (LC) layer in a conventional “sandwich”-like cell. The dependences of critical frequency fc, threshold voltages, and characteristic times on a pore diameter d were established. The peculiarities of electro-optical effects can be explained in the framework of the approach which connects the variations of light intensity with the corresponding changes of the effective refractive index neff of a composite LC media. The unusual behavior of the electro-optical response at low frequencies is assigned to the orienting action of the specific shear flow typical for electrokinetic phenomena in polar liquids.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Thin Films

History
Original Manuscript: November 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 29, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 31, 2014
Published: March 7, 2014

Citation
A. Chopik, S. Pasechnik, D. Semerenko, D. Shmeliova, A. Dubtsov, A. K. Srivastava, and V. Chigrinov, "Electro-optical effects in porous PET films filled with liquid crystal: new possibilities for fiber optics and THZ applications," Opt. Lett. 39, 1453-1456 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-6-1453

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