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Title: Experimental and theoretical investigations into the switching of liquid crystal devices
Author: Hind, James
ISNI:       0000 0001 3578 7948
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2007
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This work addresses the dynamic switching of liquid crystal cells. While static measurements of the permittivity liquid crystal cells are well established, here a novel transient permittivity technique is developed and applied to several liquid crystalline substances in a variety of geometries. This technique utilises A.C. waveforms to measure the permittivity of a cell during the dynamic processes of switching and relaxing, allowing a detailed picture of the switching process to be constructed on small time scales. The results for several materials are presented and compared to theoretical predictions stemming from standard liquid crystal continuum theory. The technique is expanded to utilise frequency modulation when applied to dual frequency materials and is adapted to D.C. fields. Novel experimental results concerning surface stabilised ferroelectric liquid crystals have recently shown an unexpected second minimum in the tau-V response curve. The origin of this phenomenon is explored via a numerical simulation program and a qualitative explanation found regarding the torque generated by the surface alignment that is consistent with established theory.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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