Anomalous optical Freedericksz transition in an absorbing liquid crystal

Ashley Lloyd, Istvan Janossy, Brian Wherrett

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Laser-induced reorientation was studied in absorbing nematic films. The optical Freedericksz threshold occured at an intensity level of 50 W/cm2 in contrast to the normally observed few KW/cm2 value for transparent layers. Thermomechanical coupling is considered as a possible explanation of the observed anomaly.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1990


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