Optical anisotropy of nematic liquid crystals

A. K. George*

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Temperature dependence of the principal refractive indices (n(o) and n(e)) of three nematic liquid crystals were measured using an Abbe refractometer with a large refractive index prism. The variation of the refractive index anisotropy in the nematic phase which reflects the variation of the orientational order parameter have been evaluated. The validity of the Lorenz-Lorentz equation for the relation between polarizability of the molecules and the refractive index has been tested for the mesogenic molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-71
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics and Chemistry of Liquids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Nematic liquid crystals
  • Optical anisotropy
  • Ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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