Fast-Response Liquid Crystal Lens Doped with Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Keywords:liquid crystal material, doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes, fast response, lens design, tunable focal length
In this paper, a relatively fast-response liquid crystal (LC) lens was proposed, which was fabricated by a simple method. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were utilized in fabricating the LC lens. As MWCNTs were doped into the LCs, the dielectric anisotropy of the mixture changed, which was the key factor in solving the technical barrier of slow response time. In experiments, the effects of doping with MWCNTs were demonstrated. The concentration of doped MWCNTs was discussed in detail, and the best concentration and doping method were analyzed. The relationship between the concentration and response time was also obtained. This LC lens had a sub-millisecond response time, which was a relatively fast response time in comparison to conventional LC lenses of pristine LCs. Thus, this proposed method could be considered as a new method to realize fast-response LC lens.
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