Hysteresis-free polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals using thermal recycles

Hung Shan Chen, Yi-Hsin Lin*, Chun Hung Wu, Michael Chen, Hsu Kuan Hsu

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Abstract

We demonstrate a hysteresis-free polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals (PSBP-LCs) using thermal recycles by means of enlarging the domain size of PSBP-LC and improving the uniformity of the crystal orientations of PSBP-LC. The crystal growth of PSBP-LCs bases on a competition between the heterogeneous nucleation and the homogeneous nucleation is also demonstrated and discussed. This study opens a new window for understanding the hysteresis of the PSBP-LC and assisting in designing many PSBP-LC-based photonic devices, such as displays, electrooptical switches, and electrically tunable focusing LC lenses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1149-1155
Number of pages7
JournalOptical Materials Express
Volume2
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2012

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