TeraView's TPS Spectra 3000 was used to investigate nematic liquid crystals in the range of 0.3–3.0 THz.
In this work, we present the results of terahertz measurements of five nematic liquid crystal materials. Optical properties like refractive indices, birefringence and absorption coefficients of liquid crystals (LCs) for ordinary and extraordinary polarisation were compared. The aim of this study was to check the impact of the structure of LC molecules on above properties. The compounds with different core structure and various number of laterally substituted fluorine atoms were chosen. A standard terahertz Time-Domain Spectrometer to measurements from 0.3 THz to 3 THz was used.