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Thin film polarizer and color filter based on photo-polymerizable nematic liquid crystal
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Paper Abstract

We present a method to fabricate a thin film color filter based on a mixture of photo-polymerizable liquid crystal and chiral dopant. A chiral nematic liquid crystal layer reflects light for a certain wavelength interval Δλ (= Δn.P) with the period and Δn the birefringence of the liquid crystal. The reflection band is determined by the chiral dopant concentration. The bandwidth is limited to 80nm and the reflectance is at most 50% for unpolarized incident light. The thin color filter is interesting for innovative applications like polarizer-free reflective displays, polarization-independent devices, stealth technologies, or smart switchable reflective windows to control solar light and heat. The reflected light has strong color saturation without absorption because of the sharp band edges. A thin film polarizer is developed by using a mixture of photo-polymerizable liquid crystal and color-neutral dye. The fabricated thin film absorbs light that is polarized parallel to the c axis of the LC. The obtained polarization ratio is 80% for a film of only 12 μm. The thin film polarizer and the color filter feature excellent film characteristics without domains and can be detached from the substrate which is useful for e.g. flexible substrates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9384, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies X, 93840E (11 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079516
Show Author Affiliations
Mohammad Mohammadimasoudi, Univ. Gent (Belgium)
Kristiaan Neyts, Univ. Gent (Belgium)
Jeroen Beeckman, Univ. Gent (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9384:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies X
Liang-Chy Chien; Harry J. Coles; Hirotsugu Kikuchi; Ivan I. Smalyukh, Editor(s)

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