Introduction to Modern Electro-Optics

  • B. R. Jennings
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 64)


The optical properties of many fluids and molecular solutions change when these media are subjected to suitable electric fields. The best known effect is the induction of electric birefringence which has become increasingly popular as a means of characterizing the optical anisotropy and the geometry of molecules and particles in dilute solution or suspension. During the past fifteen years, electrically induced changes have been reported for a wide variety of other optical phenomena. These include the absorption, fluorescence, optical rotation, light scattered intensity and light scattered fluctuations for fluid media. As each optical phenomenon has its origins in different optical and structural characteristics, their measurement leads to complementary molecular data. This paper constitutes a brief description of recent novel extensions in electrooptical apparatus, methodology and optical effects. By illustrating the methods with representative experimental data from a wide class of materials, their utility for molecular characterization is indicated.


Hyaluronic Acid Optical Rotation Acridine Orange Pulse Electric Field Scattered Intensity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. R. Jennings
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  1. 1.Electro-Optics Group, Physics DepartmentBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK

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