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Use of the Boulder model for the design of high-polarization fluorinated ferroelectric liquid crystals
Author(s): Michael D. Wand; Rohini T. Vohra; William N. Thurmes; David M. Walba; Thomas Geelhaar; Brigitte Littwitz
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Paper Abstract

Ferroelectric (chiral) smectic C* liquid crystals have been shown to exhibit high speed, multistate electro-optic, display device and opto-electronic computing applications, particularly when incorporated into the surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (SSFLC) light valve. High polarizations and low viscosities are necessary to achieve the speeds desired in opto- electronic computing, waveguide, and fiber-optic applications. Use of the Boulder Model allows one to examine the most probable conformations of an FLC molecule in a hypothetical smectic C 'binding site' and thereby predict the sign and order of magnitude of the spontaneous polarization based on electronic and steric arguments for the particular chemical structure. By combining these high polarization materials with a low viscosity smectic C host, fast FLC mixtures can be formulated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1455, Liquid-Crystal Devices and Materials, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44684
Show Author Affiliations
Michael D. Wand, Displaytech, Inc. (United States)
Rohini T. Vohra, Displaytech, Inc. (United States)
William N. Thurmes, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
David M. Walba, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Thomas Geelhaar, E. Merck (Germany)
Brigitte Littwitz, E. Merck (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1455:
Liquid-Crystal Devices and Materials
Paul S. Drzaic; Uzi Efron, Editor(s)

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