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Calculation of confocal microscope images of cholesteric blue phases
Author(s): Jun-ichi Fukuda; Yasushi Okumura; Hirotsugu Kikuchi
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Paper Abstract

Real-space images of bulk cholesteric blue phases (BPs) have been successfully obtained by confocal microscopy observations using structural color without doping fluorescent dye. However, theoretical interpretation of these images (for example, the understanding of the relation between intensity distribution and the ordering of BPs) remains challenging because typical lattice spacing of BPs is of the order of the wavelength of visible light, and therefore geometrical optics is entirely useless. In this work, we present a numerical approach to calculate the confocal images of BPs by solving the Maxwell equations. Calculated confocal images are consistent with experimental observations in terms of in-plane symmetry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9769, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XI, 976906 (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2209210
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Jun-ichi Fukuda, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
Yasushi Okumura, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Hirotsugu Kikuchi, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9769:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies XI
Liang-Chy Chien; Dick J. Broer; Hirotsugu Kikuchi; Nelson V. Tabiryan, Editor(s)

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