Igor Musevic, Cindy Nieuwkerk and Theo Rasing Since the pioneering work on surface-induced alignment of liquid crystals, performed by Lehmann , Grandjean , Mauguin , Chatelain , and others , scientist have been looking for the answer to the question: why do certain surfaces align liquid crystals and others not'? The answer to this question has become even more important with the advent of modern liquid crystal display technologies, that are based on re- liable and technologically controllable surface alignment of liquid crystals, used in a variety of electrooptic devices, such as liquid crystal displays, light modulators, optical shutters, switches, holographic systems, etc. During the last decade, the progress in the technology of liquid crystal devices, as well as the discovery of a variety of novel liquid crystalline phases have triggered a considerable and intense scientific interest in the microscopic origin of surface alignment. Fortunately, this renewed scientific and techno- logical interest was accompanied by the advent of modern, surface sensitive experimental techniques, that have been successfully used in the study of liquid crystal interfaces. Whereas a decade ago the mechanisms of surface alignment were "poorly understood," nowadays we can claim that we do un- derstand most of the "mysteries" of the surface alignment of liquid crystals.
Introduction: Musevic, Nieuwkerk, Rasing.- Surface-Induced Order Detected by Deuteron Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Vilfan, Zalar, Crawford, Finotello, Zumer.- Interfacial and Surface Forces in Nematics and Smectis: Musevic.- Linear Optics of Liquid Crystal Interfaces: Musevic.- Solid-Liquid Crystal Interfaces Probed by Optical Second-Harmonic Generation: Drevensek-Olenik, Soria, Copic, Marowsky, Rasing.- Liquid Crystal Alignment on Surfaces with Orientational Molecular Order: A Microscopic Model Derived from Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy: Luning, Samant.- Scanning Probe Microscopy Studies of Liquid Crystal Interfaces: Rasing, Gerritsen.- Introduction to Micro- and Macroscopic Descriptions of Nematic Liquid Crystalline Films: Structural and Fluctuation Forces: Sarlah, Zumer.- Applications: Nieuwkerk, van der Zande.
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 30th November 2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.44