We have demonstrated a paper-like diffractive film in which nano-structured liquid crystal droplets are embedded in elastomeric monomer incorporated polymer matrix by polymerization induced phase-separation. The film with voltage-tunable phase grating exhibits an optically isotropic phase with high transparency and an effective chromatic diffraction for an incident white light with sub-millisecond switching time. In addition, the proposed diffractive film is exhibiting excellent chemical stability against organic and inorganic solvents. In this paper, the diffraction properties of test films depending on incident polarization direction, wavelength, and spatial dispersion are characterized. Easy processing and optically isotropic nature of the film imparts potential applications to flexible electro-optic devices that can be widely implemented in wearable photonics.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics