Mechanically activated cholesteric polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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In this paper we deal with a cellulose derivative cholesteric dispersed liquid crystal (CCDLC) with mechanically tuneable optical properties. The composite is formed with a matrix of acetoxypropylcellulose with embedded micrometric and submicrometric droplets of a cholesteric mixture. Polarizing optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements performed on the system are reported and it is shown that the wavelength of the reflected light can be changed by a temperature variation and it is also changeable through a mechanical deformation. The pitch of the deformed droplets can be measured from AFM photographs and compared with the wavelength reflected by the CCDLC composite material.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)1269-1273
JournalLiquid Crystals
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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