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Properties Of Tunable Nematic Liquid Crystal Retarders
Author(s): Scott E. Gilman; Thomas G. Baur; Dennis J. Gallagher; Narendra K. Shankar
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Paper Abstract

Nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) are anisotropic molecules which can be oriented to form uniaxial birefringent layers. NLCs aligned between suitably prepared substrates can be used as large aperture retardation plates; furthermore, the retardance of these cells can be tuned by applying an electric field. The ability to vary retardance has numerous applications in polarization control for various optical systems. Liquid crystal devices have evolved to play an important role in laser systems, displays, and optical switches. Theory, construction, performance considerations, and applications of high precision, tunable NLC retardation devices will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962917
Show Author Affiliations
Scott E. Gilman, Meadowlark Optics (United States)
Thomas G. Baur, Meadowlark Optics (United States)
Dennis J. Gallagher, Meadowlark Optics (United States)
Narendra K. Shankar, Cornell University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1166:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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