Photoinduced circular anisotropy in a photochromic W -shaped-molecule-doped polymeric liquid crystal film

Suk Won Choi, N. Y. Ha, Kazuaki Shiromo, Nandiraju V.S. Rao, Manoj Kr Paul, Takehiro Toyooka, Suzushi Nishimura, J. W. Wu, Byoungchoo Park, Yoichi Takanishi, Ken Ishikawa, Hideo Takezoe

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Photoinduced circular anisotropy has been demonstrated in thin films of a main-chain polymeric liquid crystal (PLC) system doped with photochromic W -shaped molecules containing two azobenzene groups by irradiating with circularly polarized light (CPL). Reversible photoinduced circular dichroism (CD) was observed with sign relevant to the handedness of the CPL. The experimentally observed CD spectra were analyzed using the DeVoe polarizability model associated with the coupled oscillator method. We also propose a mechanism for the photoinduced circular anisotropy in our system; nucleating the W -shaped molecules with preferential twisted conformation by CPL irradiation, and triggering the local formation of a chiral structure in the W -shaped-molecule-doped main-chain PLC medium.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021702
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


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