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Optical Engineering

Refractive index dispersions of liquid crystals
Author(s): Shin-Tson Wu; ChiungSheng Wu; Marc Warenghem; M. Ismaili
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Paper Abstract

Refractive indices of two nematic liquid crystals, 5CB and 5PCH, were measured from the 400- to 800-nm region at various temperatures. Results fit the three-band model well. Through comparisons, the contributions of σ and π electrons to the refractive indices and birefringence of uniaxial liquid crystals are evaluated quantitatively. These physical insights are useful for tailoring liquid crystal molecules with proper refractive indices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 32(8) doi: 10.1117/12.143988
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 32, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Shin-Tson Wu, Hughes Research Labs. (United States)
ChiungSheng Wu, Hughes Research Labs. (United States)
Marc Warenghem, Univ. de Lille (France)
M. Ismaili, Univ. des Sciences et Techniques (France)


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