Abstract

An experimental snapshot Mueller matrix polarimeter based on wavelength polarization coding is used to get a time-resolved description of electric-field-induced fast transition within a ferroelectric liquid-crystal cell. The parameters extracted from experimental Mueller matrices are linked to the molecule director distribution to further determine the average trajectory and the collective behavior of these molecules while they switch over to another state.

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Cariou, J.

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Moreno, I.

Oka, K.

Rivet, S.

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Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

SMMP in the configuration (e, e, 5 e , 5 e ).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

SSFLC cell and representation of the director ( n ) in an ( x , y , z ) coordinate system; FLC molecules are symbolized by rigid sticks. The spontaneous polarization, P S , is perpendicular to the director and tangential to the circle of intersection of the cone with the boundary plane of the layer.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Evolution of the parameters [ α R ( t ) , R ( t ) , P D ( t ) , ε R ( t ) ] throughout the up/down transition. The voltage switches from + 15 V to 15 V at t = 100 μ s .

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Representation of the director end in the ( O x , O z ) plane during the up/down transition for two positions of the beam within the cell. The trajectory showed in the left is calculated from the parameters depicted in Fig. 3. This representation assumes a collective movement of the directors (no depolarization). The associated error bars are for an uncertainty of 0.5° on the retardance value; r is normalized to 1.

Equations (2)

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R = 2 π Δ n ( χ ) d λ 0 ,
Δ n ( χ ) = n e n o n e 2 cos 2 [ χ ] + n o 2 sin 2 [ χ ] n o ,

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