Reversible Switching between Optically Isotropic and Birefringent States in a Bent-Core Liquid Crystal

Antal Jákli, Yuan Ming Huang, Katalin Fodor-Csorba, Aniko Vajda, Giancarlo Galli, Siegmar Diele, Gerhard Pelzl

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Abstract

A study was performed on reversible switching between optically isotropic and birefringent states in a bent-core liquid crystal. The presence of the optically active domains observed both in the antiferroelectric (AF) and ferroelectric (F) transformed states was explained. The birefringence of the structures was estimated from the anisotropy of the electronic polarizability in the plane normal to the light propagating through the sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1606-1610
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume15
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2003

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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