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Title: Electrically Tunable Reflection Color of Chiral Ferroelectric Nematic Liquid Crystals

The recently discovered ferroelectric nematic (NF) liquid crystals (LCs) with over 0.04 C m−2ferroelectric polarization and 104relative dielectric constants, coupled with sub‐millisecond switching, offer potential applications in high‐power super capacitors and low voltage driven fast electro‐optical devices. This paper presents electrical, optical, and electro‐optical studies of a ferroelectric nematic LC material doped with commercially available chiral dopants. While theNFphase of the undoped LC is only monotropic, the chiralNFphase is enantiotropic, indicating a chirality induced stabilization of the polar nematic order. Compared to undopedNFmaterial, a remarkable improvement of the electro‐optical switching time is demonstrated in the chiral doped materials. The color of the chiral mixtures that exhibit a selective reflection of visible light in the chiralNFphase, can be reversibly tuned by 0.02–0.1 V µm−1 in‐plane electric fields, which are much smaller than typically required in full‐color cholesteric LC displays and do not require complicated driving scheme. The fast switchable reflection color at low fields has potential applications for LC displays without backlight, smart windows, shutters, and e‐papers.

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Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Advanced Optical Materials
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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