[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 2, No. 3 (1995) 211-216]

Optical Properties of a Polarization Converting Device Using a Nematic Liquid Crystal Cell

Shin MASUDA,1 Toshiaki NOSE and Susumu SATO

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Akita University, Tegatagakuen-cho 1-1, Akita, 010 Japan

(Received October 14, 1994; Accepted February 22, 1995)

A radially and homogeneously aligned LC cell as a polarization controlling device is fabricated using a memory effect in an axially symmetric electrical field. Optical properties and the molecular orientation of the LC cell are investigated and the conversion property of the polarization states of the cell is discussed in detail from the molecular orientation in the cell.

Key words : liquid crystal, radial orientation, memory effects, microoptics, optical device