Photorefractivity in polymer dispersed liquid crystals

B. Kippelen, A. Golemme, B. L. Volodin, N. Peyghambarian

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Polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) combine the high resolution of photorefractive polymers and the high refractive index changes associated with field-induced reorientation of nematic liquid crystals. The materials are prepared by dispersing liquid crystal droplets of almost spherical shape in a photoconducting solid organic polymer matrix. The sensitizing, photoconducting and trapping properties necessary for the buildup of space-charge field are provided by the polymer matrix and the refractive index changes are due to the field-induced reorientation of the liquid crystal droplets. Polymethylmethacrylate doped with ethylcarbazole was used in the experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334
Number of pages1
JournalConference Proceedings - Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting-LEOS
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: May 18 1997May 23 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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