Inorganic alignment materials were deposited on indium-tin-oxide (ITO) glass by reactive sputtering deposition. After deposition, inorganic alignment materials such as a-SiOx and a-SiOx:H were irradiated using an Ar+ ion beam (IB) for liquid crystal (LC) alignment. On the basis of the experimental results, an a-SiOx film deposited by sputtering does not align LCs regardless of IB treatment, but an a-SiO x:H film treated with varying IB energies, IB incident angles, IB doses, and IB irradiation times has excellent alignment properties and electro optical properties, the same as polyimide (PI). We investigated period of the stability of an inorganic alignment layer treated with IB after a long time. From the experimental results, the inorganic alignment layer irradiated with an IB does not experience degradation of its electro optical properties. These results imply that an inorganic alignment layer irradiated with IB can be adopted as an LC alignment layer instead of rubbed PI and that hydrogen plays an important role in LC alignment due to the difference in alignment properties between a-SiOx films and a-SiOx:H films.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Nov 9|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)