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Optical Engineering

Infrared Properties Of Nematic Liquid Crystals: An Overview
Author(s): Shin-Tson Wu
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Paper Abstract

Infrared properties and electro-optic effects of nematic liquid crystals are reviewed. Physical origins and characterization techniques of infrared birefringence and rotatory power are described. Advantages and disadvantages of three device configurations--parallel, twisted, and perpendicular alignments--are analyzed. Among them, parallel alignment shows the best potential for long-wavelength applications. Several methods for improving the response times of nematic liquid crystals with emphasis in the infrared region are briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1987
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 26(2) 262120 doi: 10.1117/12.7974037
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 26, Issue 2
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Shin-Tson Wu, Hughes Research Laboratories (United States)

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