Materials for Nonlinear Optics: Liquid Crystals for NLO

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Liquid crystals are complex organic molecular systems that exhibit various mesophases characterized by the degree of order. In this review, we shall focus mainly on thermotropic liquid crystals which exhibit various mesophases in the temperature range between the crystalline and the isotropic liquid states. In particular, we shall discuss the extraordinarily large optical nonlinearities of nematic liquid crystals, as well as the electronic nonlinearities of isotropic-phase liquid crystals. Recent studies have shown that these materials are promising candidates for advanced photonic applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Modern Optics, Five-Volume Set
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780123693952
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science

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