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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1149–1155

Hysteresis-free polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals using thermal recycles

Hung-Shan Chen, Yi-Hsin Lin, Chun-Hung Wu, Michael Chen, and Hsu-Kuan Hsu  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 2, Issue 8, pp. 1149-1155 (2012)

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We demonstrate a hysteresis-free polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals (PSBP-LCs) using thermal recycles by means of enlarging the domain size of PSBP-LC and improving the uniformity of the crystal orientations of PSBP-LC. The crystal growth of PSBP-LCs bases on a competition between the heterogeneous nucleation and the homogeneous nucleation is also demonstrated and discussed. This study opens a new window for understanding the hysteresis of the PSBP-LC and assisting in designing many PSBP-LC-based photonic devices, such as displays, electro-optical switches, and electrically tunable focusing LC lenses.

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

ToC Category:
Liquid Crystals

Original Manuscript: July 9, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 26, 2012
Published: July 30, 2012

Hung-Shan Chen, Yi-Hsin Lin, Chun-Hung Wu, Michael Chen, and Hsu-Kuan Hsu, "Hysteresis-free polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals using thermal recycles," Opt. Mater. Express 2, 1149-1155 (2012)

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