Optical rotatory power of polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystals
Abbreviated Journal Title
Appl. Phys. Lett.
FIELD; Physics, Applied
Macroscopically, a polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal (BPLC) is assumed to be an optically isotropic medium. Our experiment challenges this assumption. Our results indicate that the optical rotatory power (ORP) of some nano-scale double-twist cylinders in a BPLC composite causes the polarization axis of the transmitted light to rotate a small angle, which in turn leaks through the crossed polarizers. Rotating the analyzer in azimuthal direction to correct this ORP can greatly improve the contrast ratio. A modified De Vries equation based on a thin twisted-nematic layer is proposed to explain the observed phenomena. (C) 2013 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4799511]
Applied Physics Letters
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