This paper discusses the features of the transmission of light by smectic-A liquid crystals
(SmALCs). The spectral dependences are obtained for the intensity and the angular distribution
of the radiation transmitted through homeotropic and confocal SmALC structures. The
optical-loss mechanism in a liquid-crystal medium is discussed. The results of the study can be
used to optimize the electrooptic characteristics of color-transmitting LCs of projection
displays with a memory function.
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