We have previously reported the first realization of an orthogonal ferroelectric bent-core SmAPF phase by directed design in mesogens with a single tricarbosilane-terminated alkoxy tail. Given the potentially useful electrooptic properties of this phase, including analog phase-only electrooptic index modulation with optical latching, we have been exploring its “structure space”, searching for novel SmAPF mesogens. Here, we report two classes of these—the first designed to optimize the dynamic range of the index modulation in parallel-aligned cells by lowering the bend angle of the rigid core, and the second expanding the structure space of the phase by replacing the tricarbosilane-terminated alkyl tail with a polyfluorinated polyethylene glycol oligomer.
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Korblova, Eva D; Guzman, Edward; Maclennan, Joseph E; Glaser, Matthew A; Shao, Renfan; Garcia, Edgardo; Shen, Yongqiang; Visvanathan, Rayshan; Clark, Noel A; and Walba, David M, "New SmAPF Mesogens Designed for Analog Electrooptics Applications." (2017). Physics Faculty Contributions. 113.