Holographic grating formation in dye- or fullerene-C60-doped liquid crystals

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Nematic crystals (NLC) are characterized by large birefringence that spans a broad spectral range, and large susceptibility to ac, dc, and optical fields. Recently, a nonlinear electro-optical effect in dye- or fullerene C60-doped NCL films was discovered. By theory and experiments, the possibility of using low power lasers of a few milliwatts is demonstrated in conjunction with a small dc field to induce persistent realignment of the liquid crystal director axis, and thus a 'stored' refractive index change in these films. An application of the observed effect is holographic grating generation. In a study, it is shown that gratings can be recorded in these NLC films with a nonlinear sensitivity as high as other materials such as doped glasses or photorefractive crystals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationOptics and Photonics News
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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