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Rotatory Power And Optical Modulation Of Liquid Crystals
Author(s): Shin -Tson Wu; Uzi Efron; LaVerne D. Hess
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Paper Abstract

Birefringence and rotatory power are two important parameters for optical modulation by liquid crystals. A new technique has been developed for birefringence measurements at any wavelength in the ultraviolet, visible or infrared spectral regions. The enhanced birefringence of some liquid crystals in the infrared region indicates that these materials will be useful for electro-optic applications in this region. Rotatory power of 90° twisted nematic liquid crystals was measured and found to be in very good agreement with theoretical calculations for a wide spectral range and for different liquid crystal thicknesses. A quantitative relationship between liquid crystal birefringence, wavelength and cell thickness was derived for use in the design of IR liquid crystal light valves with high contrast ratios and minimum response times.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1984
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0465, Spatial Light Modulators and Applications I, (13 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.941411
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Shin -Tson Wu, Hughes Research Laboratories (United States)
Uzi Efron, Hughes Research Laboratories (United States)
LaVerne D. Hess, Hughes Research Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0465:
Spatial Light Modulators and Applications I
Uzi Efron, Editor(s)

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