Liquid crystal alignment on a ZrO2 thin film as a function of ion beam incident angle

Byoung Yong Kim, Young Hwan Kim, Hong Gyu Park, Dae Shik Seo

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Nematic liquid crystal alignment capabilities and electro-optical performance characteristics have first been embodied in a ZrO2 layer using ion-beam irradiation. The study demonstrates that liquid crystal layers can be aligned homogeneously as a function of the incident angle of the ion beam device, which causes a uniform dense plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that full oxidation of the ZrO2 thin-film surfaces was produced by ion irradiation, shifting the Zr 3d spectra to lower binding energies. In addition, the electro-optical performance characteristics of twisted nematic cells on a ZrO2 thin-film layer after ion beam irradiation showed similar characteristics to those of a rubbed polyimide cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1381-1384
Number of pages4
JournalLiquid Crystals
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the MKE (The Ministry of Knowledge Economy), Korea under the ITRC (Information Technology Research Centre) Support program supervised by the NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency) (NIPA-2009-C1090-0902-0018).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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