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Effects of stereochemistry on the static and dynamic performance of glassy liquid crystals
Author(s): Patrick J. Hood; Alison M. Thomas; Chrysa M. Theodore
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Paper Abstract

Glass-forming liquid crystals (GLC) are a new class of materials suitable for use in a wide variety of latching optical and photonic applications. Applications range from physically small devices for latching fiber optic devices, such as switches and attenuators, to physically large devices, such as corrective optics for deployable space-based optical systems. Previously, we demonstrated the ability to electronically change and then latch the birefringent characteristics of an optical device. Recent data indicates that not only does the chemical design of a GLC material impact the electro-optic properties of a latching device, but stereochemistry also plays a significant role. This paper presents static and dynamic optical data taken on a set of four similar GLC materials. Based on the results of this study, we have developed a qualitative understanding of the structure-property relationships, leading to GLC materials that are suitable for use in latching electro-optic devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4107, Liquid Crystals IV, (24 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405309
Show Author Affiliations
Patrick J. Hood, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (United States)
Alison M. Thomas, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (United States)
Chrysa M. Theodore, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4107:
Liquid Crystals IV
Iam-Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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