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Observation of backflow in the switch-on dynamics of a hybrid aligned nematic
Jewell, Sharon A.
Sambles, J. Roy
University of Exeter
Applied Physics Letters
American Institute of Physics
The optical convergent-beam technique is used to measure, in 0.3 ms steps, the response of the director in a 4.6-µm-thick ZLI-2293 filled hybrid aligned nematic cell when a 10 kHz, 7 Vrms ac voltage is applied to the cell. The total time taken for the reorientation process is 2.4 ms, with backflow observed during the first 1.5 ms after the application of the voltage. The measured director profiles show excellent agreement with theoretical profiles produced from the Leslie–Eriksen–Parodi theory using typical values for the viscosity coefficients. Fluid velocity profiles within the cell are also modeled.
Copyright © 2004 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters 84 (2004) and may be found at http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/84/46/1
84 (1), pp. 46-48