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Light scattering from a dispersion of aligned nematic droplets

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Whitehead, J.B. ; Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242 ; Z umer, S. ; Doane, J.W.

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Light‐scattering and transmission properties of aligned nematic droplets dispersed in a solid polymer are studied. Theoretical evaluations of the differential and total cross sections are performed in the anomalous diffraction approximation. The corresponding attenuation coefficients are calculated in a single scattering approximation. The effect of interdroplet interference is discussed as well. Theoretical calculations are in agreement with experimental data obtained from thin films of polymer dispersed nematic droplets of micron size, aligned by an applied electric field.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:73 ,  Issue: 3 )