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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2010 Jul;82(1 Pt 1):011702. Epub 2010 Jul 2.

Electrically assisted light-induced azimuthal gliding of the nematic liquid-crystal easy axis on photoaligned substrates.

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  • 1Moscow State University of Instrument Engineering and Computer Science, Stromynka 20, 107846 Moscow, Russia.


We study azimuthal gliding of the easy axis that occurs in nematic liquid crystals brought in contact with the photoaligned substrate (initially irradiated azo-dye film) under the action of reorienting UV light combined with in-plane electric field. For irradiation with the linearly polarized light, dynamics of easy axis reorientation is found to be faster as compared to the case of nonpolarized light. Another effect is that it slows down with the initial irradiation dose used to prepare the azo-dye film. This effect is interpreted by using the previously suggested phenomenological model. We present the theoretical results computed by solving the torque balance equations of the model that agree very well with the experimental data.

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