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Polymer-stabilized optically isotropic liquid crystals for next-generation display and photonics applications

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Abstract

Polymer-stabilized optically isotropic liquid crystals, including blue phases, are emerging as a strong contender for next-generation display technology because they exhibit some revolutionary features such as no need for surface alignment, submillisecond response time, isotropic dark state, and cell gap insensitivity. The basic material properties, including electric field-induced birefringence, dispersion relation of Kerr constant, and temperature dependent Kerr constant, are reviewed. Recent progress on blue phase liquid crystal material development and device structures for lowering the operating voltage are introduced. Promising applications and remaining technical challenges are also discussed.

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Submitted
16 Feb 2011
Accepted
25 Mar 2011
First published
15 Apr 2011

J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 7870-7877
Article type
Feature Article

Polymer-stabilized optically isotropic liquid crystals for next-generation display and photonics applications

J. Yan, L. Rao, M. Jiao, Y. Li, H. Cheng and S. Wu, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 7870
DOI: 10.1039/C1JM10711A

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