Evolution of anisotropic reflection gratings formed in holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystals

Sutherland, R. L.; Tondiglia, V. P.; Natarajan, L. V.; Bunning, T. J.
September 2001
Applied Physics Letters;9/3/2001, Vol. 79 Issue 10
Academic Journal
The temporal evolution of an anisotropic reflection grating produced in a holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystal film is investigated. We find that this type of grating is preceded in time by an isotropic concentration grating, and that the development of the anisotropic grating can be delayed until several seconds after laser exposure. The formation of an anisotropic grating is nearly coincident with the onset of phase separation of liquid crystal and implies a macroscopic ordering of liquid crystal droplet directors. Detailed knowledge of grating evolution may allow in situ control over the polarization sensitivity of the hologram. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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