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See detailTilt plane orientation in antiferroelectric liquid crystal cells and the origin of the pretransitional effect
Rudquist, Per; Lagerwall, Jan UL; Meier, Johann G. et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2002), 66(6), 061708

The optic, electro-optic, and dielectric properties of antiferroelectric liquid crystals 􏰐AFLCs􏰋 are analyzed and discussed in terms of the local tilt plane orientation. We show that the so-called ... [more ▼]

The optic, electro-optic, and dielectric properties of antiferroelectric liquid crystals 􏰐AFLCs􏰋 are analyzed and discussed in terms of the local tilt plane orientation. We show that the so-called pretransitional effect is a combination of two different electro-optic modes: the field-induced antiphase distortion of the antiferroelectric structure and the field-induced reorientation of the tilt plane. In the presence of a helix, the latter corresponds to a field-induced distortion of the helix. Both electro-optic modes are active only when the electric field has a component along the tilt plane. Thus, by assuring a horizontal surface-stabilized condition, where the helix is unwound by surface action and the tilt plane is everywhere parallel to the cell plates, the pretransitional effect should be suppressed. We also discuss the dielectrically active modes in AFLCs and under which circum- stances they contribute to the measured dielectric permittivity. [less ▲]

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See detailAntiferroelectric liquid crystals with 45° tilt - a new class of promising electro-optic materials
D’havé, K.; Dahlgren, A; Rudquist, Per et al

in Ferroelectrics (2000), 244

Antiferroelectric liquid crystals with a tilt angle of 45 degrees have very interesting optical properties, which seem to have been overlooked so far perhaps because such materials have hardly been ... [more ▼]

Antiferroelectric liquid crystals with a tilt angle of 45 degrees have very interesting optical properties, which seem to have been overlooked so far perhaps because such materials have hardly been available. We have prepared a four-component mixture of partially fluorinated compounds with a SmC/sub n/* phase in the interval between 27.4 degrees C and 121.6 degrees C, in which the tilt angle theta saturates at 45 degrees for T<or=80 degrees C, and we investigate the optical properties, theoretically and experimentally. One of the surprising features of 45 degree materials is that they permit a remarkably high contrast by virtue of an excellent dark-state, in spite of the fact that AFLC materials are notoriously difficult to align. This is because a 45 degrees AFLC turns out to be (negatively) uniaxial instead of biaxial. We describe these properties and propose a number of potentially interesting new applications, including a polarizer-free display mode and a three-level ``phase-only'' modulator. [less ▲]

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