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Relation of electro-optical characteristics to materials properties and morphology in polymer-dispersed liquid crystal holographic gratings
Author(s): Richard L. Sutherland; Lalgudi V. Natarajan; Vincent P. Tondiglia; Timothy J. Bunning; Bob L. Epling; Donna M. Brandelik
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Paper Abstract

Switchable holograms in polymer-dispersed liquid crystals are now being considered for a variety of applications in which transmission loss, cross-talk, and on/off dynamic range are important issues, particularly as devices are stacked in tandem. Switching voltage and speed also remain as important considerations. All of these characteristics are related to the properties of materials comprising the switchable grating as well as the microscopic morphology. In this paper we explore these material-structure-property relations and examine trade-offs in device parameters. It appears that low optical scattering and wide dynamic range approximately 40 dB are achievable while retaining microsecond switching times. Further reductions in switching voltage will require research in the interfacial anchoring and order parameter of the liquid crystal droplets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3010, Diffractive and Holographic Device Technologies and Applications IV, (15 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274412
Show Author Affiliations
Richard L. Sutherland, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Lalgudi V. Natarajan, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Vincent P. Tondiglia, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Timothy J. Bunning, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Bob L. Epling, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Donna M. Brandelik, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3010:
Diffractive and Holographic Device Technologies and Applications IV
Ivan Cindrich; Sing H. Lee, Editor(s)

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