Numerical investigation of optically induced director oscillations in nematic liquid crystals

G. Demeter, L. Kramer

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Abstract

The effects induced by the passage of a linearly polarized light beam through a thin cell of homeotropic nematic liquid crystal were studied. The evolution of the director deduced from the free energy of the nematic containing the elastic energy of the nematic and its dielectric energy in the light wave was also presented. It was shown that backflow effects can be absorbed into the renormalization of the orientational viscosity constant and the director was considered to be an active dynamical variable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207011-207014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume64
Issue number2 I
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2001

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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