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Control of Nematic Director Orientation By Exposing Rubbed Polyimide Films To Linearly Polarized Ultraviolet Light
Applied Physics Letters
  • Jae-Hoon Kim, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • Yushan Shi, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • Satyendra Kumar, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • Sin-Doo Lee, Seoul National University
Publication Date
11-24-1997
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1063/1.120277
Keywords
  • Liquid Crystal,
  • Alignment,
  • Surface
Disciplines
Abstract

The delicate interplay between the effects of mechanical rubbing and subsequent photo-induced chemical reactions on polyimide films has been studied for aligning liquid crystals. Exposure to linearly polarized ultraviolet (LPUV) light was found to profoundly alter the direction and the degree of molecular orientations obtained by rubbing. A simple model is presented to describe the observed changes in the director orientation. The results show that LPUV exposure can be very effectively used to control and fine-tune liquid crystal alignment.

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Copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Appl. Phys. Lett. 71, 3162 (1997) and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.120277.

Citation Information
Jae-Hoon Kim, Yushan Shi, Satyendra Kumar and Sin-Doo Lee. "Control of Nematic Director Orientation By Exposing Rubbed Polyimide Films To Linearly Polarized Ultraviolet Light" Applied Physics Letters Vol. 71 Iss. 21 (1997) p. 3162 - 3164
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/satyendra_kumar/33/