22 May 1995 Liquid crystal smart reflectors
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We report on the development of liquid crystal smart reflectors, consisting of a cholesteric liquid crystal with temperature sensitive helix pitch, in combination with a light absorbing dye. Light entering the liquid crystal is absorbed by the dye, generating heat which raises the temperature of the liquid crystal. The resulting change in the helix pitch of the cholesteric causes an increase in its reflectivity, reducing the intensity of light that can be absorbed by the dye. This negative feedback stabilizes the reflector for a given light intensity. The smart reflector thus achieves a reflectivity which increases with increasing intensity of incident light. We report on two configurations of the device, with both experimental measurements and mathematical models of the system.
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Robert B. Meyer, Robert B. Meyer, Franklin Lonberg, Franklin Lonberg, Ching-Chao Chang, Ching-Chao Chang, } "Liquid crystal smart reflectors", Proc. SPIE 2441, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Materials, (22 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209799; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.209799
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