Effect of Temperature on the Refractive Indices of Liquid Crystals and Validation of a Modified Four-Parameter Model

K.D. Thingujam, S.D. Sarkar, B. Choudhury, A. Bhattacharjee
2012 Acta Physica Polonica. A  
The variation of refractive indices with temperature of three pure nematogenic compounds 5OCB, CPHB and 6CHBT were studied experimentally using thin prism technique. The refractive indices no and ne were measured using 633 nm lines from a HeNe laser. A modied four-parameter model was taken which is based on the Vuks equation describing the eect of temperature on the refractive indices of liquid crystals. In this paper we report the variation of refractive indices of these three liquid crystals
more » ... ee liquid crystals with temperature, using the thin prism method. The variation in birefringence was determined experimentally. The variation in refractive indices and birefringence were also tted theoretically using the modied Vuks equation. On comparison, the theoretically tted values show close agreement with the experimental values. PACS: 78.15.+e, 78.20.Fm,
doi:10.12693/aphyspola.122.754 fatcat:rgmqp3h7wrgjdpan6ogl2cqi4m