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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 8 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1478–1483

Liquid crystal blue phase induced by bent-shaped molecules with allylic end groups

Ge Zhu, Xiao-Wen Lin, Wei Hu, Zhi-Gang Zheng, Hai-Feng Wang, Hong-Qing Cui, Dong Shen, and Yan-Qing Lu  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 1, Issue 8, pp. 1478-1483 (2011)

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A blue phase is induced by bent-shaped monomer with allylic end bonds when doped into chiral nematic liquid crystal. The mechanism of blue phase induction and stabilization is investigated. Its temperature range is further widened to 10.2 K by UV irradiation with a slowly cooling process. The widening principle is distinguishable from traditional polymer stabilization mechanism. The study provides some useful insights into the molecular design of suitable bent-shaped dopants towards wide range blue phase liquid crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Liquid Crystals

Original Manuscript: September 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2011
Published: November 4, 2011

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Ge Zhu, Xiao-Wen Lin, Wei Hu, Zhi-Gang Zheng, Hai-Feng Wang, Hong-Qing Cui, Dong Shen, and Yan-Qing Lu, "Liquid crystal blue phase induced by bent-shaped molecules with allylic end groups," Opt. Mater. Express 1, 1478-1483 (2011)

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