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Polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal shutters for IR imaging
Author(s): James W. McCargar; J. William Doane; John L. West; Thomas W. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

Polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) have been developed for modulation of infrared radiation in the 2-5 and 8-14 micrometers wavelength regions. The electro-optic performance of an IR PDLC shutter depends on film thickness, liquid crystal droplet size, and the transparency of the substrates and the PDLC components. The effect of each of these factors on IR electro-optic performance of PDLC films was investigated using double modulation experiments and infrared spectroscopy. The authors have also compared the sensitivity of a pyroelectric vidicon infrared camera using PDLC shutter and a mechanical shutter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1455, Liquid-Crystal Devices and Materials, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44682
Show Author Affiliations
James W. McCargar, Kent State Univ. (United States)
J. William Doane, Kent State Univ. (United States)
John L. West, Kent State Univ. (United States)
Thomas W. Anderson, ISI Group, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1455:
Liquid-Crystal Devices and Materials
Paul S. Drzaic; Uzi Efron, Editor(s)

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