Paper-like flexible optically isotropic liquid crystal film for tunable diffractive devices

Ramesh Manda, Jeong Hwan Yoon, Srinivas Pagidi, Surjya Sarathi Bhattacharyya, Dung Thi Thuy Tran, Young Jin Lim, Jae Min Myoung, Seung Hee Lee

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We have demonstrated a paper-like diffractive film in which nano-structured liquid crystal droplets are embedded in elastomeric monomer incorporated polymer matrix by polymerization induced phase-separation. The film with voltage-tunable phase grating exhibits an optically isotropic phase with high transparency and an effective chromatic diffraction for an incident white light with sub-millisecond switching time. In addition, the proposed diffractive film is exhibiting excellent chemical stability against organic and inorganic solvents. In this paper, the diffraction properties of test films depending on incident polarization direction, wavelength, and spatial dispersion are characterized. Easy processing and optically isotropic nature of the film imparts potential applications to flexible electro-optic devices that can be widely implemented in wearable photonics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34876-34887
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 25

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2016R1D1A1B01007189) and by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2019R1A5A8080326).

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© 2019 Optical Society of America under the terms of the OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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