Alternative generation of well-aligned uniform lying helix texture in a cholesteric liquid crystal cell

Chia Hua Yu, Po Chang Wu, Wei Lee

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Abstract

This work demonstrates a simple approach for obtaining a well-aligned uniform lying helix (ULH) texture and a tri-bistable feature at ambient temperature in a typical 90°-twisted cell filled with a short-pitch cholesteric liquid crystal. This ULH texture is obtained at room temperature from initially field-induced helix-free homeotropic state by gradually decreasing the applied voltage. Depending on the way and rate of reducing the voltage, three stable states (i.e., Grandjean planar, focal conic, and ULH) are generated and switching between any two of them is realized. Moreover, the electrical operation of the cell in the ULH state enables the tunability in phase retardation via the deformation of the ULH. The observations made in this work may be useful for applications such as tunable phase modulators and energy-efficient photonic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105107
JournalAIP Advances
Volume7
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2017

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