The phenomena of large electro-optic Kerr effect in polymer-stabilized liquid-crystalline blue phases was studied. It was observed that the polymer-stabilized blue phase has a Kerr constant which is about 170 times larger than that of nitrobenzene. It was also observed that the magnitude of the electric-field induced birefringence increased proportionally to the square of the electric field. It was shown that the Kerr cell containing the polymer-stabilized blue phase had a faster response time than optical shutters containing conventional liquid-crystal materials.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering