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25 August 2005 Photonic applications of glassy liquid crystals
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Glassy liquid crystals (GLCs) possessing multi-functionalities, excellent morphological stability, and elevated phase transition temperature have been designed and synthesized for photonic device applications. Recent development has been reported on deterministic synthesis approach for scalable process in preparing GLC materials. The advanced processing eases the material preparation and tailors the material properties accordingly to suit device applications. These applications can be found in: (1) chiral nematic GLCs for circularly polarizers and notch filters, (2) photochromic nematic GLC, which can be photomodulated reflective indices in the solid states, for potential applications in nondestructive rewritable optical data storages and photonic switching, and (3) ferroelectric GLCs for potential fast switching light valves.
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Huang-Ming Philip Chen, K. G. Pani Kumar, Chi-Wen Lin, Chun Ki Kim, and Shaw H. Chen "Photonic applications of glassy liquid crystals", Proc. SPIE 5872, Advancements in Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials, 587204 (25 August 2005);

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