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Photorefractivity in ferroelectric liquid crystals
Author(s): Gary P. Wiederrecht; Michael R. Wasielewski; Michael J. Fuller
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Paper Abstract

The first observation of photorefractivity in ferroelectric liquid crystals (flcs) is reported. The flcs are doped with the easily oxidized chromophore perylene, which also functions as the sensitizer. The electron acceptor di-buty1-pyromellitimide is added to induce photoconductivity through an efficient intermolecular electron transfer reaction to produce mobile ions. A strong dependence on the orientation of the wavevector of the optical interference pattern and polarization of the writing beams relative to the orientation of the lfc molecules is observed. The results are interpreted as an orientational photorefractive effect in which the net polarization of the flc couples linearly to the space-charge field as opposed to nematic liquid crystals in which the dielectric anisotrophy couples to the square of the space charge field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4104, Organic Photorefractives, Photoreceptors, and Nanocomposites, (13 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406473
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Gary P. Wiederrecht, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Michael R. Wasielewski, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Michael J. Fuller, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4104:
Organic Photorefractives, Photoreceptors, and Nanocomposites
Keith L. Lewis; Klaus Meerholz; Klaus Meerholz, Editor(s)

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