Hysteresis behaviour of the nematic-cholesteric phase transition for liquid crystals on polyimide films without use of the rubbing technique

Yoshikazu Yabe, Dae Shik Seo

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Abstract

The hysteresis behaviour of the nematic-cholesteric phase transition in liquid crystals is closely connected with the alignment of the liquid crystal molecules on the surfaces of treated solid substrates. We have investigated the hysteresis as a function of rubbing strength, using rubbing technology that controls the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules. The surface alignment direction contributes to the hysteresis width, is not dependent on rubbing strength, and is only slightly related to pretilt angles. A no-rubbing treatment, that is, random alignment, is important in order to create a large hysteresis width on homogeneously aligned polyimide films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-854
Number of pages8
JournalLiquid Crystals
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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