Local liquid crystal alignment on patterned micrograting structures photofabricated by two photon excitation direct laser writing

Lee, Chee Heng; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Miura, Yusuke; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori
October 2008
Applied Physics Letters;10/27/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 17, p173509
Academic Journal
The authors demonstrate local alignment of nematic liquid crystal through the fabrication of local micrograting structures by curing an ultraviolet curable material via a two-photon excitation laser-lithography process. A local twisted-nematic region was prepared using one rubbed and one fabricated micrograting surface and the resulting cell was observed with a polarizing optical microscope. The polarization optical micrographs of the locally fabricated region suggest that liquid crystal molecules align parallel to the grating structure and that local alignment is achieved. We evaluate the anchoring energies of the fabricated microgratings by the torque balance method.


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