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Chin. Phys. B, 2019, Vol. 28(3): 034209    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/28/3/034209

Improved dielectric and electro-optical parameters of nematic liquid crystal doped with magnetic nanoparticles

Geeta Yadav, Govind Pathak, Kaushlendra Agrahari, Mahendra Kumar, Mohd Sajid Khan, V S Chandel, Rajiv Manohar
Liquid Crystal Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Lucknow, Lucknow 226007, India

This study investigates the effect of magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) on the weakly polar nematic liquid crystal (NLC). Different parameters of dielectric data were measured for both the homeotropic and planar aligned samples as a function of frequency and temperature and the substantial changes have been noticed for the doped systems. Dielectric permittivity has been increased after the dispersion of magnetic NPs in the pure NLC. Dielectric anisotropy has also been influenced by incorporating the magnetic NPs with the NLC molecules. These results were attributed to the dipole-dipole interaction between the magnetic nanoparticles and nematic liquid crystal molecules. Electro-optical study indicated the faster rise time and fall time of the doped systems as compare to pure NLC. Threshold voltage has been calculated and found to be decreased for the doped systems. Moreover, we have also calculated the rotational viscosity and the splay elastic constant for pure and the doped systems. Both the rotational viscosity and splay elastic constant of the doped systems are found to be considerably lower than those of pure NLC. Change in these properties has been explained on the basis of molecular disturbances created by the interaction between the magnetic nanoparticle and LC director. This study reveals that the inclusion of magnetic NPs in weakly polar NLC can be useful to enhance the basic properties of the weakly polar NLC and make it a promising material for many display applications.

Keywords:  magnetic nanoparticles      dielectric permittivity      response time      rotational viscosity  
Received:  07 October 2018      Revised:  23 January 2019      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  42.70.Df (Liquid crystals)  
Corresponding Authors:  Rajiv Manohar     E-mail:

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Geeta Yadav, Govind Pathak, Kaushlendra Agrahari, Mahendra Kumar, Mohd Sajid Khan, V S Chandel, Rajiv Manohar Improved dielectric and electro-optical parameters of nematic liquid crystal doped with magnetic nanoparticles 2019 Chin. Phys. B 28 034209

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