+-Photorefractive CdSe and gold nanowire-doped liquid crystals and polymer-dispersed-liquid-crystal photonic crystals

I. C. Khoo, Yana Zhang Williams, B. Lewis, T. Mallouk

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We have observed enhanced photorefractive responses in CdSe doped nematic liquid crystal cells. The effective intensity dependent refractive index coefficients are on the order of 10 -2 cm 2 /Watt. Using polymer-dispersed mixture of these NLC, 3-D photonic crystals are fabricated by short-exposure direct holographic optical illumination. The resultant structure exhibits 3-D photonic crystal Bragg diffraction and multi-color reflections that can be electronically switched at millisecond speed. Enhanced diffraction efficiency is obtained by doping the liquid crystal with gold nanowires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-244
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular crystals and liquid crystals
StatePublished - Feb 24 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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