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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1121–1134

Advanced bistable cholesteric light shutter with dual frequency nematic liquid crystal

Pankaj Kumar, Shin-Woong Kang, and Seung Hee Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 2, Issue 8, pp. 1121-1134 (2012)

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In this paper, a direct switching between a transparent (or reflecting) planar (P) state to an opaque (or transparent) focal conic (FC) state and vice-versa of a polymer free bistable cholesteric light shutter without any homogeneous polyimide (PI) layer, is demonstrated based on the sign inversion of dielectric anisotropy of dual frequency liquid crystal (DFLC). The direct switching was achieved by applying square wave field at low (1 kHz) and high (50 kHz) frequency. As a result, the DFLC light shutter sustains bistable bright and dark states in electric field off state and exhibits excellent electro-optic performance. The direct switching from the FC to P states not only supports more uniform P state but also significantly reduces switching voltage by eliminating the high field homeotropic (H) state required for the switching in the conventional polymer stabilized cholesteric texture (PSCT) light shutter. The driving voltage applied to make a transition from the P to FC one is relatively low (3Vp-p/µm). Further, switching time from FC to P state was reduced drastically with homeotropic PI layer. Results show that dual frequency cholesteric liquid crystal (DFCLC) light shutter holds a great promise for use in energy efficient display devices and switchable windows.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Liquid Crystals

Original Manuscript: June 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 25, 2012
Published: July 26, 2012

Pankaj Kumar, Shin-Woong Kang, and Seung Hee Lee, "Advanced bistable cholesteric light shutter with dual frequency nematic liquid crystal," Opt. Mater. Express 2, 1121-1134 (2012)

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