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Fine topological structure of coherent complex light created by carbon nanocomposites in LC
Author(s): Vladislav V. Ponevchinsky; Andrey I. Goncharuk; Serguey S. Minenko; Longin N. Lisetskii; Nikolai I. Lebovka; Marat S. Soskin
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Paper Abstract

Fine complex light structure, optical singularities and electroconductivty of nematic 5CB doped by multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were investigated. MWCNTs gather spontaneously to system of micro scale clusters with random fractal borders at small enough concentration. They are surrounded by the striped micro scale cladding which creates optical singularities in propagating laser beam. Applied transverse electric field above the Freedericksz initiates homeotropic arrangement of 5CB and the striped inversion walls between nanotubes clusters what diminishes free energy of a composite. Theory of their appearance and properties was built. Simultaneously the striped cladding disappears what can be treated as new mechanism of structure orientation nonlinearity in nonlinear photonics. Polarization singularities (circular C points) were measured firstly. Percolation of clusters enhances strongly electrical conductivity of the system and creates inversion walls even without applied field. Carbon nanotubes composites in LC form bridge between nano dopants and micro/macro system and are promising for applications. Elaborated protocol of singular optics inspection and characterization of LC nanocomposites is promising tool for applications in modern nanosience and technique.

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Date Published: 10 February 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8274, Complex Light and Optical Forces VI, 82740S (10 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.904771
Show Author Affiliations
Vladislav V. Ponevchinsky, Institute of Physics (Ukraine)
Andrey I. Goncharuk, F.D. Ovcharenko Institute of Biocolloidal Chemistry (Ukraine)
Serguey S. Minenko, Institute for Scintillation Materials (Ukraine)
Longin N. Lisetskii, Institute for Scintillation Materials (Ukraine)
Nikolai I. Lebovka, Institute for Scintillation Materials (Ukraine)
Marat S. Soskin, Institute for Scintillation Materials (Ukraine)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8274:
Complex Light and Optical Forces VI
Enrique J. Galvez; David L. Andrews; Jesper Glückstad; Marat S. Soskin, Editor(s)

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