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Fundamentals of Liquid Crystal Devices / Edition 1

Fundamentals of Liquid Crystal Devices / Edition 1

by Shin-Tson Wu, Deng-Ke Yang


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ISBN-13: 9780470015421
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/20/2006
Series: Wiley Series in Display Technology Series , #9
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 6.83(w) x 9.74(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Deng-Ke Yang, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242Deng-Ke Yang is currently Professor of the Chemical Physics Program at Kent State University. He has previously co-authored Reflective Liquid Crystal Displays (Wiley, 2001), written over 80 articles on liquid crystals and other displays and has 15 patents. His fields of research are in Liquid Crystal and Polymer Physics and Liquid Crystal Displays and his affiliations include the American Physical Society, the Society for Information Display and the International Liquid Crystal Society.

Dr Shin-Tson Wu, College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida. Shin-Tson Wu is a provost-distinguished Professor of Optics at the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida. He is also a fellow of the IEEE, SID and OSA and has co-authored Introduction to Microdisplays (Wiley, 2006), Reflective Liquid Crystal Displays (Wiley, 2001), and Optics and Nonlinear Optics of Liquid Crystals (World Scientific, 1993), and written over 300 articles. His research interests are in liquid crystal displays and materials, bio-photonics, and optical communication.. Previous to his current role, Dr. Wu worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Hughes Research Laboratories (Malibu, California) for 18 years.

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Table of Contents


Series Editor’s Foreword.


1. Liquid crystal physics.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Thermodynamics and statistic physics.
  3. Orientational order.
  4. Elastic properties of liquid crystals.
  5. Response of liquid crystals to electro-magnetic fields.
  6. Anchoring effects of nematic liquid crystal at surfaces.

2. Propagation of light in anisotropic optical medium.

  1. Electromagnetic wave.
  2. Polarization.
  3. Propagation of light in uniform anisotropic optical media.
  4. Propagation of light in cholesteric liquid crystals.

3. Optical modeling methods.

  1. Jones matrix method.
  2. Mueller matrix method.
  3. Berreman 4x4 method.

4. Effects of Electric field on Liquid Crystals.

  1. Dielectric interaction.
  2. Flexoelectric Effect.
  3. Ferroelectricity in liquid crystals.

5. Freedericksz transition.

  1. Calculus of variation.
  2. The Fredeericksz transition: statics.
  3. The Freedericksz transition: dynamics.

6. Liquid Crystal Materials.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Refractive indices.
  3. Dielectric constants.
  4. Rotational Viscosity.
  5. Elastic constant.
  6. Figure-of-merits.
  7. Refractive index matching between liquid crystals and polymers.

7. Modeling of liquid crystal director configuration.

  1. Electric energy of liquid crystals.
  2. Modeling electric field.
  3. Simulation of liquid crystal director configuration.

8. Transmissive liquid crystal display.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Twisted nematic cells.
  3. In plane switching (IPS) mode.
  4. Vertical alignment (VA) mode.
  5. Multi-domain Vertical Alignment (MVA) Cells.
  6. Optically compensated bend (OCB) cell.

9. Reflective and Trasreflective display.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Reflective liquid crystal displays.
  3. Transflector.
  4. Classification of Transflective LCDs.
  5. Dual-cell-gap Transflective LCDs.
  6. Single-cell-gap Transflective LCDs.
  7. Performance of transflective LCDs.

10. Liquid crystal display matrices, drive schemes and bistable displays.

  1. Segmented displays.
  2. Passive matrix displays and drive scheme.
  3. Active Matrix Displays.
  4. Bistable ferroelectric liquid crystal displays and drive scheme.
  5. Bistable nematic displays.
  6. Bistable cholesteric reflective display.

11. Liquid crystal/polymer composites.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Phase separation.
  3. Scattering properties of liquid crystal/polymer composites.
  4. Polymer dispersed liquid crystals.
  5. Polymer stabilization liquid crystals.
  6. Displays from liquid crystal/polymer composites.

12. Tunable liquid crystal photonic devices.

  1. Introduction.
  2. Laser beam steering.
  3. Variable Optical Attenuators.
  4. Tunable-Focus Lens.
  5. Polarization-Independent LC Devices.


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