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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David Hagan
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 916–923

Nematic liquid crystal nanocomposite with scattering-free, microsecond electro-optic response

Yo Inoue, Hiroyuki Yoshida, and Masanori Ozaki  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 4, Issue 5, pp. 916-923 (2014)

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We report a microsecond electro-optic response in an anisotropic-polymer/liquid-crystal composite, which forms a homogeneously mixed structure in the nanoscale range owing to the high miscibility between them. The nanocomposite was fabricated by photopolymerizing a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) mixture doped with a cross-linkable mesogenic monomer at a concentration of 30 wt%. Our system is inherently different from polymer-dispersed liquid crystals in that the LC molecules are almost miscible in the anisotropic polymer matrix and do not form observable domains. When an electric field is applied to such a nanocomposite, the molecular alignment of the polymer matrix is retained, while the non-polymerizable NLC reorients along the electric field, leading to a shift in the birefringence. Furthermore, the reorientation of the NLC molecules in a space sufficiently smaller than the wavelength of visible light results in scattering-free characteristics over the entire visible wavelength range and a short decay response time of 15 μs.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers

ToC Category:
Liquid Crystals

Original Manuscript: March 3, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2014
Published: April 3, 2014

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Yo Inoue, Hiroyuki Yoshida, and Masanori Ozaki, "Nematic liquid crystal nanocomposite with scattering-free, microsecond electro-optic response," Opt. Mater. Express 4, 916-923 (2014)

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