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High performance room temperature nematic liquid crystals based on laterally fluorinated isothiocyanato-tolanes

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4 Author(s)
Gauza, S. ; Coll. of Opt. & Photonics, CREOL, Orlando, FL ; Wu, Shin-Tson ; Spadlo, A. ; Dabrowski, R.

High birefringence and low viscosity isothiocyanates liquid crystal single compounds and eutectic mixtures, based solely on laterally fluorinated aromatic rigid core structures, are reported. Extraordinarily high values of figure-of-merit were observed at room temperature and also elevated temperatures for the nematic mixtures we formulated. Potential applications of such mixtures for laser beam steering at lambda=1.55 mum using optical phased arrays are emphasized

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