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Type: Journal article
Title: Terahertz and optical properties of nematic mixtures composed of liquid crystal isothiocyanates, cluorides and cyanides
Author: Reuter, M.
Garbat, K.
Vieweg, N.
Fischer, B.
Dabrowski, R.
Koch, M.
Dziaduszek, J.
Urban, S.
Citation: Journal of Materials Chemistry C: materials for optical and electronic devices, 2013; 1(29):4457-4463
Publisher: RSC Publications
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 2050-7526
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Marco Reuter, Katarzyna Garbat, Nico Vieweg, Bernd Michael Fischer, Roman Dąbrowski, Martin Koch, Jerzy Dziaduszek and Stanisław Urban
Abstract: Several simple nematic eutectic liquid crystal mixtures composed of different two and three ring isothiocyanato compounds as well as mixtures consisting of analogous cyano and fluoro compounds were formulated. The optical properties of the thereby obtained mixtures, i.e. refractive indices, birefringence and absorption coefficients αe and αo are measured in the frequency range between 0.5 and 2.5 THz and in the visible range at 589 nm. Our results show that two mixtures can be identified, which seems particularly promising for applications in the terahertz (THz) range: those consisting only of isothiocyanates show the highest birefringence at THz frequencies while those consisting of isothiocyanates and cyanides have the smallest dichroic ratio over a broad THz range. We also found that in most cases, the absorption coefficients of the isothiocyanato compounds fulfill the relationship αe > αo while for cyano and fluoro compounds, αo > αe is observed as a dominating trend. Furthermore, we show that by carefully selecting constituents of both isothiocyanato and cyano compounds, we can achieve a mixture for which the values of αo are in the same order as for αe for THz frequencies below 2 THz.
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020133790
DOI: 10.1039/c3tc30464g
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