Zenithal bistability in a nematic liquid crystal device with a monostable surface condition

Parry-Jones, L, Edwards, EG, Elston, SJ and Brown, CV ORCID: 0000-0002-1559-3238, 2003. Zenithal bistability in a nematic liquid crystal device with a monostable surface condition. Applied Physics Letters, 82 (9), pp. 1476-1478. ISSN 0003-6951

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The ground-state director configurations in a grating-aligned, zenithally bistable nematic device are calculated in two dimensions using a Q tensor approach. The director profiles generated are well described by a one-dimensional variation of the director across the width of the device, with the distorted region near the grating replaced by an effective surface anchoring energy. This work shows that device bistability can in fact be achieved by using a monostable surface term in the one-dimensional model. This implies that is should be possible to construct a device showing zenithal bistability without the need for a micropatterned surface.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Applied Physics Letters
Creators: Parry-Jones, L., Edwards, E.G., Elston, S.J. and Brown, C.V.
Date: 2003
Volume: 82
Number: 9
ISSN: 0003-6951
Rights: © 2003 American Institute of Physics
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4924

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