Liquid crystal alignment on polymer films

Ruibo Lu, Keshu Xu, Sheng'An Xiao, Yongkang Le, Xuewu Zhou, Maiming Wu, Jianhua Gu, Zuhong Lu

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The rubbed polyimide (PI) and PI LB films were fabricated and treated to align the nematic liquid crystal (LC) 5CB. The rubbed polyimide (PI) films aligned LC cell shows a higher LC pretilt angle than the cell aligned by PI LB films. Atomic force microscope (AFM) observations indicate that the rubbed PI films have a needle-like structure, while PI LB films have a groovy structure. We think that the needle-like structure plays a major role in producing the higher LC pretilt angle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-62
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology Section A: Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
StatePublished - 1998


  • Alignment
  • Atomic force microscope
  • Liquid crystal
  • Polyimide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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