Orientational effects of twisted light on twisted nematic liquid crystals

Carter, A R, Davila Romero, L C, Babiker, M, Andrews, D L and Probert, M I J (2006) Orientational effects of twisted light on twisted nematic liquid crystals. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 39 (15). S523-S528. ISSN 1361-6455

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The interaction of twisted light beams with nematic liquid crystals is described in terms of Landau�s free energy formalism and the uniaxial dielectric model for the liquid crystal. This leads us to a partial differential equation, which is characterized by one position-dependent coefficient, governing the changes in the spatial distribution of the director orientation in the liquid crystal. Numerical solutions are determined for a typical arrangement involving a twisted nematic liquid crystal illuminated by a linearly polarized twisted light beam, predicting significant director re-orientations due to the twisted light.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
Depositing User: Rachel Smith
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 15:17
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 01:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/10683
DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/39/15/S01

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