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Nanorod-Driven Orientational Control of Liquid Crystal for Polarization-Tailored Electro-Optic Devices

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  • Somobrata Acharya,

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    1. World Premier International (WPI) Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)
    • World Premier International (WPI) Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan).
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  • Sudarshan Kundu,

    1. Liquid Crystal Institute Tokyo University of Science-Yamaguchi 1-1-1 Daigaku Dori, Onoda shi Yamaguchi ken 756 0884 (Japan)
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  • Jonathan P. Hill,

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    1. World Premier International (WPI) Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)
    • World Premier International (WPI) Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan).
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  • Gary J. Richards,

    1. World Premier International (WPI) Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)
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  • Katsuhiko Ariga

    1. World Premier International (WPI) Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)
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Abstract

Dispersion of ultranarrow ZnS nanorods of molecular dimensions encapsulated by a fluid-like soft organic layer in the nematic liquid crystal (LC ZLI-4792) results in a novel soft-matter-type blend with previously unachieved electro-optic properties. The local ordering of the nanorods significantly affects the global ordering of the blend, allowing a more rapid response.

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