Second harmonic generation studies of polymer-stabilized cholesteric texture films

Andy Ying Guey Fuh, Chi Yen Huang, Cheuk Wah Lau

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Using a mode-locking Nd:YAG laser, we measured the second harmonic generation (SHG) of polymer-stabilized cholesteric texture (PSCT) films. The SHG observed in these samples is due to the dielectric gradient which arises from the interfaces between the cholesteric liquid crystal/polymer and those between the adjacent cholesteric focal conic domains having a different helical axis. Both the SHG intensities and the electro-optical characteristics of PSCT films were measured as a function of the polymer concentration. In addition, polymer network structures formed in PSCT films were investigated. Good correlations among the SHG measurements, electro-optical characteristics, and the polymer network morphologies were found. This means that SHG measurements could provide us with another qualitative, nondestructive method to analyze the PSCT films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2754-2759
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number5 A
Publication statusPublished - 1997 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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