Abstract

A correlation between the peak electric field and hysteresis of a polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal (BPLC) is found experimentally. If the peak electric field is below \$\sim ~5 V/μm, hysteresis is negligible. Based on this guideline, we propose elliptical protrusion electrodes to reduce peak electric field which in turn eliminates hysteresis while keeping a high transmittance. Such a hysteresis-free BPLC device is highly desirable for display and photonic applications.

© 2011 IEEE

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