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Cholesteric Polymer-Dispersed Light Shutters
Applied Physics Letters
  • John L West, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • R. B Akins, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • J. Francl, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • J. W Doane, Kent State University - Kent Campus
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We report cholesteric/polymer dispersed (CPD) materials that switch from a reflecting, planar state to a relatively transparent, focal conic state. The reflective wavelength of the CPD materials can be continuously adjusted by varying the cholesteric pitch length. The electro‐optic properties of these materials are similar to the recently reported polymer stabilized cholesteric materials; however, the polymer concentration is sufficient to provide a self‐sustaining and self‐adhering film, offering the potential of large area devices fabricated on flexible substrates.

Copyright 1993 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Appl. Phys. Lett. 63, 1471 (1993) and may be found at

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John L West, R. B Akins, J. Francl and J. W Doane. "Cholesteric Polymer-Dispersed Light Shutters" Applied Physics Letters Vol. 63 Iss. 11 (1993) p. 1471 - 1473
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