Research objectives and content
The research project aims at a general study of nonlinear optics in liquid crystalline materials and waveguide devices. Waveguides with ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC) and pyroelectric liquid crystal polymers (PLCP) will be realized and characterized. Fast switching devices are expected to be realizable.
Nonlinear optical phenomena in dye-doped liquid crystals will be studied, especially with azobenzene dyes. These are expected to give rise to new light/liquid crystal interaction mechanisms.
Surface second-harmonic generation will be studied, and assessed as a tool for detailed nonlinear optical investigations of new FLC and PLCP materials, as well as for molecular materials in general.
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
The applicant expects to acquire new skills in experimental investigation techniques as well as theoretical methods for nonlinear optics and guided waves. These are completely new to the applicant, and thus are expected to have an extremely beneficial impact on the scientific training of the applicant.
Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
No active involvement with industry.