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Optical limiting performances of the methyl-red-dye-doped nematic liquid crystal films
Author(s): Luogen Deng; Kunna He; Wenyong Su; Heming Sun; Ruibo Wang; Hong Zhang; Hua-Kuang Liu
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Paper Abstract

The optical limiting characteristics of the methyl-red dye doped nematic liquid crystal (NLC) films have been tested, and an interesting dark spot phenomenon and a dynamic self-action diffraction ring pattern in the far field behind the sample cell have been observed. The time sequence of the dark spot formation and the dynamic self-action diffractino ring apperaance has also been investigated. We found that, with increasing the energy impinging on the sample cell, the dark spot accompanied by a single outer bright ring always appears and lasts until the multiple diffraction rings form. We also found that the dark spot with a single outer bright ring in the far field corresponds to the nonlinear section of the optical limiting characteristic curves of the doped NLC fimls, while the onset of the multiple diffraction rings corresponds to the input damage threshold of the doped NLC film limiters. Our experimental results show that the optical limiter based on the methyl-red dye doped NLC films has a quite low optical limiting threshold and an unusually low clamped output to eye safety. In this paper, we will present how we tested the optical limiting characteristics of the methyl-red dye doped NLC films and what kind of the typical test results we obtained in the experiments. We will theoretically analyze the optical limiting mechanisms of the methyl-red dye doped NLC films. We will also discuss the advantages and some limitations of the methyl-red dye doped NLC films. We will also discuss the advantages and some limitations of the methyl-red dye liquid crystal limiters, and propose several possible solutions to these limitations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4918, Materials, Devices, and Systems for Display and Lighting, (17 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.483057
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Luogen Deng, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Kunna He, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Wenyong Su, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Heming Sun, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Ruibo Wang, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Hong Zhang, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Hua-Kuang Liu, Lumin, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4918:
Materials, Devices, and Systems for Display and Lighting
Fuxi Gan; Ming Hsien Wu; Lionel C. Kimerling, Editor(s)

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