A new kind of photo-polymerisation induced diffraction gratings in liquid crystalline composite materials

R. Caputo, A.V. Sukhov, N.V. Tabiryan, C Umeton, R.F. Ushakov

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Abstract

In this paper we report on the first results of a new technique used to obtain good quality holographic diffraction gratings. This technique represents an improvement with respect to the traditional one, the so called polymerisation induced phase separation technique. Gratings are obtained by exposing the initial homogeneous mixture of liquid crystal and monomer molecules to the pattern produced by two interfering UV laser beams. The polymerisation process, which is photo-induced by this pattern, is thus spatially inhomogeneous: It leads to a redistribution of the mixture components and hence to the grating formation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-274
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Volume372
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Event4th Meeting of the Italian-Liquid-Crystal-Society - REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy
Duration: 23 Feb 200026 Feb 2000

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Keywords

  • holographic diffraction gratings
  • liquid crystalline composite materials
  • polymerisation induced phase separation technique

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