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Novel Vitrified Liquid Crystals and Potential Applications

  • S. H. Chen (a1), H. Shi (a1), B. M. Conger (a1), D. Katsis (a1) and J. C. Mastrangelo (a1)...


An overview is presented for a generic approach to low molar mass liquid crystalline materials capable of vitrification into morphologically stable, optically anisotropic thin films. Potential applications as polarization control devices, optical notch filters, and luminescent elements will be explored. Preliminary data for defect formation and annihilation will also be presented to illustrate an advantage of low molar mass materials over polymer analogs.



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