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  • Backflow in the relaxation of a hybrid aligned nematic cell 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2003)
    The optical convergent-beam technique has been used to measure the changing director profile in a 4.6 µm ZLI-2293 filled hybrid aligned nematic cell when a 7 Vrms ac voltage was removed. The relaxation process has been ...
  • Circularly polarized colour reflection from helicoidal structures in the beetle Plusiotis boucardi 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Vukusic, Peter; Roberts, N. W. (Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 2007)
    A detailed optical study of the iridescent outer-shell of the beetle Plusiotis boucardi has revealed a novel microstructure which controls both the polarization and wavelength of reflected light. A previously unreported ...
  • Coupled surface plasmons and optical guided wave exploration of near-surface director profile 

    Yang, Fuzi; Ruan, Lizhen; Jewell, Sharon A.; Sambles, J. Roy (Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 2007)
    For a liquid crystal (LC) cell with thin silver claddings it is possible, using a high index coupling prism, to excite both surface plasmon modes and ordinary optical guided modes. In a situation where the tilt of the ...
  • Dynamic control of visible radiation by a liquid crystal filled Fabry-Pérot etalon 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Cornford, Stephen Leslie; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2007)
    A liquid crystal filled Fabry-Pérot etalon has been constructed to control the resonant transmission of electromagnetic radiation over the visible range of the spectrum. This has been achieved through the use of a 1.5 µm ...
  • Flow-driven transition and associated velocity profiles in a nematic liquid-crystal cell 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Cornford, Stephen Leslie; Yang, Fuzi; Cann, P. S.; Sambles, J. Roy (American Physical Society, 2009)
    The alignment properties and distribution of flow speed during Poiseuille flow through a microchannel of a nematic liquid crystal in a cell with homeotropic surface alignment has been measured using a combination of ...
  • Observation of backflow in the switch-on dynamics of a hybrid aligned nematic 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2004)
    The optical convergent-beam technique is used to measure, in 0.3 ms steps, the response of the director in a 4.6-µm-thick ZLI-2293 filled hybrid aligned nematic cell when a 10 kHz, 7 Vrms ac voltage is applied to the cell. ...
  • Optical imaging of the effect of in-plane fields on cholesteric liquid crystals 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Sambles, J. Roy (American Physical Society, 2008)
    The effects of in-plane electric fields on the director structure of cholesteric liquid crystals has been imaged in three dimensions using fluorescence confocal polarizing microscopy. The results show that a liquid crystal ...
  • Optical waveguide characterization of a tristable antiferroelectric liquid crystal cell 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Sambles, J. Roy; Goodby, J. W.; Hall, A. W.; Cowling, S. J. (American Institute of Physics, 2004)
    The optical convergent-beam waveguide technique has been used to characterize a homogeneously aligned 3 µm cell containing a liquid crystal in the antiferroelectric phase. The director structure has been quantified with ...
  • Rapid switching in a dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid crystal cell 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Taphouse, T. S.; Sambles, J. Roy (American Institute of Physics, 2005)
    We report the optical characterization of a dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) liquid crystal cell driven between two states using a multiple-frequency sinusoidal pulse. The complex dynamic director structure ...
  • Tuneable Fabry–Perot etalon for terahertz radiation 

    Jewell, Sharon A.; Hendry, Euan; Isaac, Thomas Henry; Sambles, J. Roy (Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, 2008)
    An indium tin oxide-clad liquid crystal filled Fabry–Perot etalon structure has been shown to act as an effective narrow-band filter at terahertz frequencies. An applied voltage, which controls the alignment of the nematic ...