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An electrically switchable visible to infra-red dual frequency cholesteric liquid crystal light shutter

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Abstract

Herein, an electrically switchable cholesteric liquid crystal (LC) shutter from visible to infrared light was prepared using a dual frequency LC (DFLC). The fabricated device is semitransparent to visible and IR light in the planar state and opaque in the focal conic state. Both visible and IR lights are transmitted in the homeotropic state. Interestingly, switching among these states is possible by just varying the voltage and frequency. In addition, it is possible to switch between the planar (homeotropic) and homeotropic (planar) states without going to the focal conic state. The proposed device can even regulate the ambient temperature by controlling the sunlight without losing transparency. Thus, the device is expected to have potential applications as smart windows of automobiles and buildings to control the interior temperature and save energy.

Graphical abstract: An electrically switchable visible to infra-red dual frequency cholesteric liquid crystal light shutter

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The article was received on 23 Jan 2018, accepted on 19 Mar 2018 and first published on 19 Mar 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00368H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 4243-4249
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    An electrically switchable visible to infra-red dual frequency cholesteric liquid crystal light shutter

    C. S. Lee, T. A. Kumar, J. H. Kim, J. H. Lee, J. S. Gwag, G. Lee and S. H. Lee, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 4243
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC00368H

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