Cover Picture: A Birefringent and Transparent Electrical Conductor (Adv. Funct. Mater. 15/2008)

Authors

  • Kenneth D. Harris,

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    1. NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2M9 (Canada)
    • NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2M9 (Canada).
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  • Andy C. van Popta,

    1. University of Alberta, Department of Electrical Engineering, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2V4 (Canada)
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  • Jeremy C. Sit,

    1. University of Alberta, Department of Electrical Engineering, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2V4 (Canada)
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  • Dirk J. Broer,

    1. Philips Research Laboratories, High Tech Campus 4, Eindhoven, 5656AE (The Netherlands)
    2. Department of Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 5600MB (The Netherlands)
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  • Michael J. Brett

    1. NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2M9 (Canada)
    2. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2V4 (Canada)
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Abstract

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Indium tin oxide (ITO) is well known as a transparent material that is also capable of conducting electrical signals. On page 2147, Ken Harris, Mike Brett, and colleagues report the engineering of two additional, more unconventional properties into ITO. By depositing from an oblique angle and continuously repositioning the substrate during deposition, a large and tunable birefringence is introduced into thin ITO films, and the coatings are also shown to be capable of aligning liquid crystals.

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