Introduction to the Optical Properties of Cholesteric and Chiral Nematic Liquid Crystals

  • E. B. Priestley


The results derived here, and the related discussion, apply both to cholesteric and to chiral nematic liquid crystals; however, in the interest of brevity, we refer specifically only to cholesteric liquid crystals.


Liquid Crystal Nematic Liquid Crystal Electric Vector Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Rotatory Power 
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    See, for example, D. W. Berreman and T. J. Scheffer, “Reflection and Transmission by Single-Domain Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Films: Theory and Verification,” Mol. Cryst. and Liquid Cryst., 11, p. 395 (1970); R. Dreher and G. Meier, “Optical Properties of Cholesteric Liquid Crystals,” Phys. Rev., A8, p. 1616(1973).Google Scholar
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    This problem has been studied in detail by H. De Vries, “Rotatory Power and Other Optical Properties of Certain Liquid Crystals,” Acta Cryst., 4, p. 219 (1951).Google Scholar
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    The approach presented in this chapter follows that contained in some unpublished lecture notes of P. S. Pershan on the optical properties of cholesteric liquid crystals.Google Scholar
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  • E. B. Priestley
    • 1
  1. 1.RCA LaboratoriesPrincetonUSA

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