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J Am Chem Soc. 2004 Oct 27;126(42):13580-1.

Optically switchable liquid crystal photonic structures.

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  • 1Anteon Corp., Dayton, Ohio 45431, USA.


Photo-optic materials offer the possibility of light controlled photonic devices, intelligent and environmentally adaptive optical materials. One strategy for creating these materials is the combination of structure formation through holographic photopolymerization and the variable optical properties of liquid crystals. Holographically patterned, polymer stabilized liquid crystals (HPSLCs) have proven to be useful optical materials. By incorporating photo-optic, azobenzene-derived liquid crystal blends into such material systems, we have generated practical photoresponsive optical materials.

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