Applied Physics Letters
The electro-optic Kerr effect with a high Kerr constant around 10−9 m/V2 was observed in the polymer-stabilized isotropic liquid crystals over a wide temperature range. Optical isotropy at the field-off state was attained with randomly oriented domains of (chiral) nematic liquid crystals formed by a polymer matrix cured in the isotropic phase. Optical birefringence in the field-on state was induced by the reorientation of liquid crystals in the domains. Rapid rising and falling response times of the cells around 0.26 ms (0.52 ms total response time) were achieved. A theoretical model was proposed to explain the experimental results and agreed well with the results.
Yang, Young-Cheol and Yang, Deng-Ke (2011). Electro-Optic Kerr Effect in Polymer-Stabilized Isotropic Liquid Crystals. Applied Physics Letters 98(2). doi: 10.1063/1.3533396 Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/cpippubs/95