25 July 1989 High Brightness and Color Contrast Displays Constructed from Nematic Droplet/Polymer Films Incorporating Pleochroic Dyes
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Abstract
A new class of high-brightness, high color contrast reflective-mode displays can be constructed from nematic droplet/polymer (NCAP) films. In these films, a high order parameter pleochroic dye can be dissolved in the nematic, leading to a film with both controllable absorbance and scattering. The physics behind the operation of these films is discussed. The intrinsic optical order parameter of a guest-host mixture is related to the performance of the NCAP film. It is shown that the scattering effects inherent in these films can be used to amplify the effects of the controllable dye absorbance, leading to excellent optical performance for a reflective-mode display. A typical construction of a display cell is given, and examples of applications are discussed. Touch switches may easily be fabricated within the display, so that an integrated control/display module can be constructed.
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Paul S. Drzaic, Paul S. Drzaic, Richard Wiley, Richard Wiley, James McCoy, James McCoy, } "High Brightness and Color Contrast Displays Constructed from Nematic Droplet/Polymer Films Incorporating Pleochroic Dyes", Proc. SPIE 1080, Liquid Crystal Chemistry, Physics, and Applications, (25 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.976399; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.976399
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