Photorefractivity in ferroelectric liquid crystal composites containing electron donor and acceptor molecules

Gary P. Wiederrecht, Beth A. Yoon, Michael R. Wasielewski

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Orientational photorefractivity was observed in ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) composites containing oxidized and reduced chromophores. The orientational response was a result of the space-charge field coupling to the bulk polarization of the FLC and not to dielectric anisotropy as with nematic liquid crystals. Results showed that the photorefractive electro-optic mechanism was derived from orientational effects. To increase the likelihood of observing the linear electronic electro-optic effect and orientational contributions, one possibility is to use homeotropically aligned FLCs with a transverse applied field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1533-1536
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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