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Switching Dynamics And Structures Of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals In The Surface Stabilized Geometry
Author(s): J . E. Maclennan; N. A. Clark
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Paper Abstract

Ferroelectric smectic C Liauid Crystals (FLCs) in the Surface Stabilized geometry offer high speed, high contrast, bistable electro-optic switching characteristics. As a result, SSFLC devices are now beginning to be employed in a variety of light control applications in laboratory, display, fiber optic, and data processing applications. In this paper we discuss the structural and dynamic properties of SSFLC cells and their relationship to electro-optic switching characteristics. We have used optical transmission spectroscopy to determine the spatial variation of molecular orientation within non-uniform FLC cells as a function of applied electric field. Numerical solutions of the equation of motion suggest that director reorientation could be governed by the motion of solitary waves at very high fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0822, Raman and Luminescence Spectroscopy in Technology, (19 January 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.941934
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J . E. Maclennan, University of Colorado (United States)
N. A. Clark, University of Colorado (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0822:
Raman and Luminescence Spectroscopy in Technology
Fran Adar; James E. Griffiths, Editor(s)

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