Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Abstract-The birefringence of two liquid crystals in terahertz band
Compared with the wide application of liquid crystals (LCs) in the visible frequency band, their properties in the terahertz band have not been investigated extensively yet. In this paper, we have investigated the optical anisotropy of LCs TEB30A and 9023 at room temperature using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). The extraordinary and ordinary refraction indices of LC TEB30A are ne≈1.84 and no≈1.65, or a birefringence of 0.19 from 0.5 to 2.2 THz. The extraordinary and ordinary refraction indices of LC 9023 are ne≈1.83 and no≈1.62, or a birefringence of 0.21 from 0.5 to 2.2 THz. LC 9023 exhibits a little larger terahertz birefringence than that of LC TEB30A.
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