Recent Patents on Liquid Crystal Alignment
Philip J. Martin
Affiliation: CSIRO Industrial Physics, PO Box 218, Lindfield, New South Wales, 2070, Australia.
Keywords: Liquid crystal, homeotropic, nematic, vertical alignment, pre-tilt angle
The fabrication of liquid crystal devices requires a reproducible and accurate method of aligning the LC on the surface of the electrodes. Rubbed polyimide surfaces have been successfully employed but suffer disadvantages. Recent developments in technology have seen new methods based on ion and plasma bombardment, UV exposure and electron irradiation. In addition, there has been much activity in achieving LC alignment through doping of the LC itself with suitable agents. Here, we review the recent developments in LC alignment technology and the patent literature in this area.
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