Publication Title

Physical Review Letters

Publication Date

6-13-2008

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.237801

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

The dielectric dispersion in the uniaxial nematic liquid crystals affects the switching dynamics of the director, as the dielectric torque is determined by not only the present values of the electric field and director but also by their past values. We demonstrate that this “dielectric memory” leads to an unusual contribution to the dielectric torque that is linear in the present field and thus polarity sensitive. This torque can be used to accelerate the “switch-off” phase of director dynamics.

Comments

Copyright 2008 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.237801.


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