Photonic applications of glassy liquid crystals

Huang-Ming Chen*, K. G. Pani Kumar, Chi Wen Lin, Chun Ki Kim, Shaw H. Chen

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Glassy liquid crystals (GLCs) possessing multi-functionalities, excellent morphological stability, and elevated phase transition temperature have been designed and synthesized for photonic device applications. Recent development has been reported on deterministic synthesis approach for scalable process in preparing GLC materials. The advanced processing eases the material preparation and tailors the material properties accordingly to suit device applications. These applications can be found in: (1) chiral nematic GLCs for circularly polarizers and notch filters, (2) photochromic nematic GLC, which can be photomodulated reflective indices in the solid states, for potential applications in nondestructive rewritable optical data storages and photonic switching, and (3) ferroelectric GLCs for potential fast switching light valves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number587204
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 27 Dec 2005
EventAdvancements in Polymer Optics Design, Fabrication, and Materials - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 31 Jul 200531 Jul 2005


  • Circularly polarizers
  • Ferroelectric liquid crystals
  • Glassy liquid crystals
  • Nondestructive rewritable optical data storages
  • Notch filters
  • Photonic switching

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