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Title: Azimuthal dependence of switching field strength for nematic liquid crystal bistability on patterned alignment layers
Authors: Niitsuma, Jun-ichi
Yoneya, Makoto
Yokoyama, Hiroshi
Keywords: liquid crystal
coherent rotation model
Issue Date: 2012-05-17
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Magazine name: Journal of Applied Physics
Volume: 111
Number: 10
Start page: 103507-1
End page: 103507-6
DOI: 10.1063/1.4716681
Abstract: We investigate the azimuthal dependence of the switching field strength for nematic liquid crystalbistability on patterned alignment layers to determine the validity of a switching theory proposedby Kim et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 3055 (2001)] and to evaluate higher-order azimuthal anchoringcoefficients. Director behavior during switching is described in detail for general azimuthaldirections of an applied electric field and the experimental results are explained on the basis of thetheory. We obtain azimuthal anchoring coefficients up to the second higher-order term in anexpansion of the anchoring energy function. Detailed analysis of the director behavior reveals aclose analogy between the proposed model of nematic liquid crystal bistability and a coherentrotation (Stoner-Wohlfarth) model of ferromagnetism. This suggests a reversal-asymmetricproperty of the substrate-nematic interface director, differing from the reversal symmetry of thebulk nematic director, as far as the nematic bistability switching is concerned.
Rights: Copyright 2012 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Jun-ichi Niitsuma, Makoto Yoneya, and Hiroshi Yokoyama, Journal of Applied Physics, 111(10), 103507 (2012) and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4716681
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/10613
Material Type: publisher
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