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Journal of Photonics for Energy

Characterization of a liquid crystal/dye cell for a future application in display-integrated photovoltaics
Author(s): Ichiro Fujieda; Shunsuke Itaya; Masamichi Ohta; Shintaro Ozawa; Nada Dianah Binti M. Azmi
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Paper Abstract

One can convert a luminescent solar concentrator to a display by scanning a laser beam on it. When a guest–host system of liquid crystal (LC) and dye materials are incorporated, absorption of excitation light and the radiation pattern of photoluminescence (PL) can be adjusted to changes in lighting condition. The resolution of a displayed image can be degraded by PL spreading in the LC/dye layer. Its contrast can be limited by the PL induced by ambient light. In the experiment, we fabricated a 22×25  mm2 cell that contained 0.5 wt. % coumarin 6 in a nematic LC host. The alignment was antiparallel and the gap was 6  μm. Using a blue laser beam of 0.04 mm FWHM, the PL intensity distribution was measured to be 0.20 mm FWHM at zero bias. It became slightly wider at 10 V. For contrast evaluation, we measured PL spectra under two conditions. First, the center of the cell was irradiated by a 1.7-mW blue laser beam. Second, the whole cell was uniformly exposed to light from a fluorescent lamp at illuminance of 800lx. The contrast of luminance was calculated to be 1.4×105. The optical power reaching its edge surfaces was measured and roughly agreed with the prediction by a simple model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2016
PDF: 12 pages
J. Photon. Energy 6(2) 028001 doi: 10.1117/1.JPE.6.028001
Published in: Journal of Photonics for Energy Volume 6, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Ichiro Fujieda, Ritsumeikan Univ. (Japan)
Shunsuke Itaya, Ritsumeikan Univ. (Japan)
Masamichi Ohta, Ritsumeikan Univ. (Japan)
Shintaro Ozawa, Ritsumeikan Univ. (Japan)
Nada Dianah Binti M. Azmi, Ritsumeikan Univ. (Japan)

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