We present a new approach for the alignment process to orient liquid crystal (LC) molecules. The process consists of fabrication of a stamp composed of reactive mesogens (RMs), transfer of RM from the stamp onto polyimide (PI) layers, and LC device fabrication using the resulting RM/PI layers. The RM stamp was made anisotropic by a rubbing treatment, and this anisotropy was transferred to the PI layers via contact imprinting, leading to an achievement of uniform LC alignment. In addition, the pretilt angle of the LC molecules could be controlled by varying the content of homogeneous PI in the PI layers. We describe the effects of high pretilt angle upon the electro-optical (EO) characteristics of twisted-nematic (TN) cells based on the RM transfer film/blended PI layers.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics