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Smart materials for polymer-stabilized reflective cholesteric displays
Author(s): Liang-Chy Chien; Mary N. Boyden; U. Mueller
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Paper Abstract

Liquid crystal/polymer network composites are formed by mixing small amounts of mesogenic monomers and liquid crystals. The monomers are then photo-polymerized in liquid crystalline phases. The polymer networks, whose orientation is controlled by the surface alignment or external field, are anisotropic. Afterwards, we use the resultant ordered networks, influenced by the orientation of liquid crystals, to stabilize cholesteric textures and develop three different types of displays. A tunable chiral material (TCM), whose chirality can be photochemically altered by exposing the materials to UV light, is integrated into the production of a multicolor reflective cholesteric display.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2716, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Materials Technologies and Biomimetics, (9 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.232149
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Liang-Chy Chien, Kent State Univ. (United States)
Mary N. Boyden, Kent State Univ. (United States)
U. Mueller, Kent State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2716:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Materials Technologies and Biomimetics
Andrew Crowson, Editor(s)

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