Abbreviated Journal Title
Appl. Phys. Lett.
RESPONSE-TIME; TEMPERATURE; HYSTERESIS; FIELD; DISPLAYS; COLOR; LCDS; Physics, Applied
Stabilizing a photopolymer-embedded blue phase liquid crystal precursor with linearly polarized UV light is investigated experimentally. When the UV polarization axis is perpendicular to the stripe electrodes of an in-plane-switching cell, anisotropic polymer networks are formed through the linear photo-polymerization process and the electrostriction effect is suppressed. As a result, the measured hysteresis is dramatically reduced from 6.95% to 0.36% and the response time shortened by similar to 2x compared to unpolarized UV exposure. To induce larger anisotropy in polymer networks for mitigating the electrostriction effect, high-intensity linearly polarized UV exposure is preferred.
Applied Physics Letters
Xu, Daming; Yuan, Jiamin; Schadt, Martin; and Wu, Shin-Tson, "Blue phase liquid crystals stabilized by linear photo-polymerization" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6314.