Backflow in the relaxation of a hybrid aligned nematic cell
Jewell, Sharon A.
Sambles, J. Roy
University of Exeter
Applied Physics Letters
American Institute of Physics
The optical convergent-beam technique has been used to measure the changing director profile in a 4.6 µm ZLI-2293 filled hybrid aligned nematic cell when a 7 Vrms ac voltage was removed. The relaxation process has been recorded in 0.3 ms time steps allowing the detailed director backflow occurring in the initial 9 ms of the reorientation process to be quantified. The measured tilt profiles over the 60 ms total relaxation period were compared to model tilt profiles produced using the Leslie–Eriksen–Parodi theory, and excellent agreement was found. Further analysis shows that the backflow is dominated by the viscosity coefficient η1 and the overall relaxation is governed by the coefficient γ1.
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82 (19), pp. 3156-3158