Multiple Light Scattering in Nematic Liquid Crystals

  • D. S. Wiersma
  • A. Muzzi
  • M. Colocci
  • R. Righini
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 547)


We have studied the propagation of light waves in large liquid crystal samples in a monodomain nematic phase. The strong scattering combined with the partial ordering of the nematic phase leads to an anisotropic diffusion process. Or better, the light waves perform an anisotropic random walk in these systems. We have studied the anisotropy in the diffusion constant for light in nematics, by means of time-resolved transmission experiments.


Liquid Crystal Free Path Light Wave Nematic Liquid Crystal Scatter Cross Section 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. S. Wiersma
    • 1
  • A. Muzzi
    • 1
  • M. Colocci
    • 1
  • R. Righini
    • 1
  1. 1.European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy, and Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della MateriaFlorenceItaly

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