Novel glassy nematic liquid crystals for non-destructive rewritable optical memory and photonic switching

Shaw H. Chen*, Huang-Ming Chen, Yanhou Geng, Stephen D. Jacobs, Kenneth L. Marshall, Thomas N. Blanton

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Abstract

Glassy nematic liquid crystals were investigated for non-destructive rewritable optical memory and photonic switching. It was found that the number of nematic pendants per molecule are critical to the desired thermotropic property and stability against thermally induced recrystallization. Results showed that refractive indices and optical birefringence can be modulated to a large extent by photochemical means.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1065
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume15
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2003

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