Accession Number : ADA308782

Title :   Development of a Liquid Crystal Smart Reflector.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jul 92-31 Aug 95,

Corporate Author : BRANDEIS UNIV WALTHAM MA DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s) : Meyer, Robert B.

PDF Url : ADA308782

Report Date : 23 JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : We present results concerning the development of liquid crystal smart reflectors, consisting of a cholesteric liquid crystal with temperature sensitive helix pitch, in combination with a light absorbing dye. Light entering the liquid crystal is absorbed by the dye, generating heat which raises the temperature of the liquid crystal. The resulting change in the helix pitch of the cholesteric causes an increase in its reflectivity, reducing the intensity of light that can be absorbed by the dye. This negative feedback stabilizes the reflector for a given light intensity. The smart reflector thus achieves a reflectivity which increases with increasing intensity of of incident light. We report on two configurations of the device, with both experimental measurements and mathematical models of the system.

Descriptors :   *LIQUID CRYSTALS, *REFLECTIVITY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, LIGHT SCATTERING, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE, INTENSITY, REFRACTIVE INDEX, OPTICAL MATERIALS, TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS, OPTICAL ANALYSIS, FEEDBACK, LIGHT TRANSMISSION, BIREFRINGENCE, REFLECTORS.

Subject Categories : Crystallography
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE