Abstract

The propagation of light through a hybrid-aligned nematic layer with a surface disclination line is investigated in a pulsed magnetic field. The experimental dependences of light intensity $I$ on time $t$ accompanied by interference oscillations are presented. The shift and expansion of the interference extrema as functions of the magnetic field pulse length during the reaction are shown. The $I(t)$ dependence for the relaxation process is calculated with allowance for scattering. The calculated $I(t)$ dependence agrees well with the experimental dependence over the entire hybrid-aligned nematic layer, except for the surface layer.

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