Large electro-optic Kerr effect in polymer-stabilized liquid-crystalline blue phases

Yoshiaki Hisakado, Hirotsugu Kikuchi, Toshihiko Nagamura, Tisato Kajiyama

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-98
Number of pages3
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 18 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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