A liquid crystal with an azobenzene moiety as a photoactive mesogenic unit is investigated in photoinduced birefringence. Measurements reveal that it possesses large magnitude of photoinduced birefringence (Δn∼10-2) and the characteristic of long-term optical storage. The resulting polarization information can be erased either by heating the sample to a temperature much higher than the glass transition temperature, or by optical method with a circularly polarized light. The mechanism of long-term optical storage is discussed in this letter.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)