Abstract

We demonstrate control of the transmittance of the naturally formed bubble domain (BD) texture of cholesteric liquid crystals (CLC) with negative dielectric anisotropy confined into a cell with homeotropic surface anchoring. By using a photosensitive chiral dopant with variable helical twisting power under light irradiation, control of packing density of bubbles, spatial patterning, and all optical switching between bistable states with different optical densities is achieved. By introducing dichroic dye into the CLC mixture, a bistable and switchable by applied electric field guest-host system is obtained. The light dimming properties of dye-doped BD CLC systems may lead to development of a wide range of applications.

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