Optical and structural properties of new discotic acrylates polymerized in the discotic nematic phase

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  • Christine D. Favre-Nicolin,

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    1. Philips Research Laboratories (WB61) Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    • Philips Research Laboratories (WB61) Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • Dr. Johan Lub,

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    1. Philips Research Laboratories (WB61) Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    • Philips Research Laboratories (WB61) Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • Dr. Paul van der Sluis

    1. Philips Research Laboratories (WB61) Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • CFN thanks the European Community for a fellowship from the Brite Euram II Programme (contract ERBBRE2CT933045).

Abstract

Discotic liquid crystals can be used as optical compensation layers to improve the viewing angle of twisted nematic liquid crystal displays, for example. The in situ photopolymerization of newly synthesized acrylates is shown to result in oriented films with a negative birefringence. The transition temperatures, birefringence, and thermal stability were measured and the structure of the polymers was determined by wide-angle X-ray diffraction in order to explain the difference in optical properteis between various polymers.

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