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Backflow effects on optical properties of nematic liquid crystals
Author(s): R. F. Rodriguez; P. Ortega; Rufino Diaz-Uribe; J. A. E. Roa-Neri
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Paper Abstract

We present a model of a nematic liquid crystal cell to describe the first and final stages of the reorientation process induced by the action of an obliquely incident optical field. The presence of hydrodynamic backflows associated with the reorientation in both, a homeotropic and a planar geometry, is explicitly taken into account. We study the effect produced by the backflows on two specific optical properties of the nematic, namely, its phase change and its inverse focal length. These quantities are calculated analytically and evaluated for the nematic phase of CBOOA. It is shown that for a homeotropic arrangement, hydrodynamic backflows may produce a significant, and in principle measurable, change as high as 75% in these properties.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 1996
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2730, Second Iberoamerican Meeting on Optics, (5 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.231057
Show Author Affiliations
R. F. Rodriguez, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
P. Ortega, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
Rufino Diaz-Uribe, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
J. A. E. Roa-Neri, Univ. Autonoma Metropolitana (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2730:
Second Iberoamerican Meeting on Optics
Daniel Malacara-Hernandez; Sofia E. Acosta-Ortiz; Ramon Rodriguez-Vera; Zacarias Malacara; Arquimedes A. Morales, Editor(s)

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