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Volume 22, Issue 3


Optical properties of a liquid crystal with small ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices and small optical anisotropy

J. Kędzierski / K. Garbat / Z. Raszewski / M. Kojdecki
  • Military University of Technology, 00-908, Warsaw, Poland
  • Institute of Mathematics and Cryptology, Military University of Technology, 00-908, Warsaw, Poland
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/ K. Kowiorski / L. Jaroszewicz / E. Miszczyk / R. Dąbrowski / J. Zieliński / W. Piecek
Published Online: 2014-06-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11772-014-0196-9


Optical properties of a nematic liquid crystal with small refractive index and small birefringence were studied. The ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices and birefringence were measured as functions of temperature by using an Abbe refractometer and wedge nematic cells. From values of these indices the nematic orientational order parameter was calculated by using several methods and corresponding mathematical models. Kuczyński et al. method was found to be suitable for determining the order parameter also for materials featuring small ordinary refractive index, with unknown density.

Keywords: nematic liquid crystals; optical properties of nematics; nematic order parameter

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Published Online: 2014-06-29

Published in Print: 2014-09-01

Citation Information: Opto-Electronics Review, Volume 22, Issue 3, Pages 162–165, ISSN (Online) 1896-3757, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11772-014-0196-9.

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