Abbreviated Journal Title
Opt. Mater. Express
DISPLAYS; FIELD; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Optics
A polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal (BPLC) with a negative Kerr constant is reported. In a voltage-on state, the double-twist BPLC molecules within the lattice cylinders are reoriented perpendicular to the applied electric field because of their negative dielectric anisotropy. As a result, the induced birefringence has a negative value, which leads to a negative Kerr constant. The negative sign of Kerr constant is experimentally validated by using a quarter-wave plate and a vertical field switching cell. Such a BPLC shows a negligible (similar to 1%) hysteresis and fast response time (similar to 1ms) at the room temperature, although its Kerr constant is relatively small because the employed host has a small Delta epsilon.
Optical Materials Express
Li, Yan; Chen, Yuan; Yan, Jin; Liu, Yifan; Cui, Jianpeng; Wang, Qionghua; and Wu, Shin-Tson, "Polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal with a negative Kerr constant" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2930.