Permanent photoalignment of liquid crystals on nanostructured chalcogenide glassy thin films Academic Article uri icon


  • Photoalignment of nematic liquid crystals is obtained on the chalcogenide glassy thin film of As 2 S 3 using irradiation with polarized blue light. A uniform homogeneously aligned device is obtained with high contrast and strong anchoring. The device alignment quality is permanent as checked by following its functionality over a period of few months. The origin of the observed photoalignment is attributed to the photoinduced anisotropy in chalcogenide glasses. No differences between the different As 2 S 3 film thicknesses observed, thus supporting the proposition that some orientational order is photoinduced on the surface of the glass and responsible for the photoalignment.

publication date

  • January 1, 2011