Abstract

Properties of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) film as a liquid crystal (LC) alignment material is studied. We deposit the transparent porous AAO film on glass with the diameter of the pores controlled between 17–65 nm. The liquid crystal can be aligned vertically against the substrate with the AAO film. The measured polar anchoring strength is about 1.5$\,\times 10 ^{-5} {\rm J/m} ^{2}$, which is comparable to that of N,N-dimethyl-N-octadecyl-3-aminopropyl -trimethoxysilyl chloride (DMOAP) layer. AAO films with smaller pore diameters exhibit higher anchoring strengths. On the other hand, the uniformity of the pore array in the AAO films does not affect the alignment quality significantly.

© 2009 IEEE

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