Refractive index engineering of liquid crystals with nano-particulates

Andres Diaz, Yi Ma, Junbin Huang, Justin Liou, Jae Hong Park, Iam Choon Khoo

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We study the enhancement and control of the refractive index of liquid crystals with dispersed gold and silver nanoparticles. The maximum obtainable variation in the real and imaginary parts of the effective refractive index of the solution by reorientation of the liquid crystal molecules is calculated, and the results obtained with gold and silver nanospheres are compared. The effect of size, concentration, and composition of the nano-particulates (solid spheres vs. silver- or gold-coated silica nanoshells) on the refractive index and its wavelength dependence is also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLiquid Crystals XII
StatePublished - 2008
EventLiquid Crystals XII - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2008Aug 12 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherLiquid Crystals XII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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