We have investigated the generation of pretilt angle for a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) alignment with in-situ photoalignment method on polyimide (PI) surfaces using polymer films. Especially, we studied in-situ photoalignment changing heating temperature from 50°C to 120°C on the polymer film. The LC aligning capabilities and pretilt angle on the polymer substrates were better than those on the glass substrate using in-situ photoalignment method. It is considered that this increase in pretilt angle may be attributed to the roughness of the micro-groove substrate induced by the in-situ photoalignment. As temperature of heated subtrate and UV exposure time increases, pretilt angle of the cell used polymer film increased. It is considered that the heating temperature of substrate is attributed to generate pretilt angle. Also, EO performances of the in-situ photoaligned TN cell using the polymer substrate are almost the same as that of the TN cell using the glass substrate.
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This work was supported by National Research Laboratory program (M1-0203-00-0008) the Ministry of Information & Communications of Korea under the Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) Program.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics