Reflective ring projector from liquid crystal polymer dispersion films

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Abstract

We report a liquid crystal polymer dispersion (LCPD) device that, under laser irradiation, a reflective ring pattern is observed. The observed ring pattern is due to the Quételet scattering light interference. Clusters of the polymer network and liquid crystal (LC) domains with various director axes serve as scatterers in the LCPD films. Changes in the first-order ring intensity are probed using a linearly polarized laser beam. Experimental results reveal that the scattering light interference ring pattern is different from that of the Fraunhofer diffraction ring pattern. The first-order ring intensity of the scattering light interference peaks if the polarization of the probe beam is parallel to the director axis of the LC molecules. The applied voltage, the order parameter and the configurations of the LCs are shown to influence the ring intensity and the polarization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-311
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Volume216
Issue number4-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Feb 15

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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