The authors thank Chisso Co. Ltd. for providing the nematic mixture, JC1041-XX. HK is grateful to Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology, JST, (research mentor: Professor Toyoki Kunitake) for financial support. This work is partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research ((B) No. 15350136) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Large Electro-optic Kerr Effect in Polymer-Stabilized Liquid-Crystalline Blue Phases†
Article first published online: 20 OCT 2004
Copyright © 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 96–98, January, 2005
How to Cite
Hisakado, Y., Kikuchi, H., Nagamura, T. and Kajiyama, T. (2005), Large Electro-optic Kerr Effect in Polymer-Stabilized Liquid-Crystalline Blue Phases. Adv. Mater., 17: 96–98. doi: 10.1002/adma.200400639
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 20 OCT 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 JUL 2004
- Manuscript Received: 28 APR 2004
- Electro-optical materials;
- Liquid crystals, blue-phase
A polymer-stabilized liquid-crystal blue phase with a Kerr constant 170 times larger than that of nitrobenzene is shown to be capable of microsecond electro-optical switching over a wide temperature range in flat Kerr cells, without need for additional surface processing to generate alignment. The Figure shows a polarizing optical micrograph, under crossed polarizers, of an in-plane switched Kerr cell containing the polymer-stabilized blue phase.