Compartmentalized Multistable Liquid Crystal Alignment

Authors

  • Jing Zhang,

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    1. Institute for Molecules and Materials Radboud University Nijmegen Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)
    • Institute for Molecules and Materials Radboud University Nijmegen Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands).
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  • Marius I. Boamfa,

    1. Philips Research Laboratories Prof Holstlaan 4 (WADp 114) 5656 AA Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
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  • Alan E. Rowan,

    1. Institute for Molecules and Materials Radboud University Nijmegen Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)
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  • Theo Rasing

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    1. Institute for Molecules and Materials Radboud University Nijmegen Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands)
    • Institute for Molecules and Materials Radboud University Nijmegen Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen (Netherlands).
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Abstract

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A novel method for compartmentalized multistable liquid crystal alignment is presented (see figure). The compartmentalization allows planar-aligned liquid crystal domains to be switched independently under vertical electric fields. This work opens new routes for the design and fabrication of multistable liquid crystal devices, switchable viewing-angle displays and tunable structures of guest materials within liquid crystal host.

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