We present numerical solutions of the equation of motion that governs the dynamics of molecular orientation in ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLCs). The obtained solutions illustrate novel electro-optic effects in FLCs. Specifically, we treat the switching by an applied electrical pulse between two optically distinct stable states, and calculate the requisite pulse width for switching as a function of pulse amplitude. We also show that with appropriate liquid crystal cell preparation, switching between four distinct states is feasible.
P. G. Amaya,
M. A. Handschy,
N. A. Clark,
"Dynamic Response Of Molecular Orientation In Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals," Optical Engineering 23(3), (1 June 1984). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7973272