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Crosslinked anisotropic network based on liquid crystalline precursors as a liquid-crystal-aligning layer
Author(s): Eugenio Amendola; Marta Giamberini; Pontus Jaegemalm; Lachezar Komitov
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Paper Abstract

A new method for achievement of a uniform liquid crystal alignment in conventional sandwich cells is proposed. The method is based on the interaction between a highly anisotropic liquid crystal thermoset material, used as an aligning layer, and liquid crystal. An important advantage of the method is that the contact surface of the alignment layer with the liquid crystal, contrary to the conventional aligning techniques using buffed polymer films, is not subjected to any mechanical treatment before the cell assembling and thus being entirely defect-free. The alignment layers based on anisotropic liquid crystal thermosets are especially important in the case of ferroelectric liquid crystal devices where the surface defects are playing a crucial role.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3143, Liquid Crystals, (30 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290768
Show Author Affiliations
Eugenio Amendola, Institute of Composite Materials Technology (Italy)
Marta Giamberini, University of Naples Federico II (Italy)
Pontus Jaegemalm, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Lachezar Komitov, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3143:
Liquid Crystals
Iam-Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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