Solution-derived YZO films were investigated as liquid crystal (LC) alignment layers modified by ion beam (IB) irradiation. Solution processing was adopted in place of the sputtering method for the deposition of YZO films as LC alignment layers. Uniform and homogeneous LC alignment was achieved to produce a high performance LC system. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that surface reformation of YZO films by annealing and IB irradiation affects the uniformity of the LC alignment. Superior electro-optical characteristics of twisted nematic LC cells constructed from IB-irradiated YZO films were observed, which indicates that the proposed solution-derived YZO films have strong potential for use in the production of advanced LC displays.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics