Photoalignment of liquid crystals on chalcogenide glassy films

Yuriy Kurioz, Matvey Klebanov, Victor Lyubin, Naftali Eisenberg, Michael Manevich, Yuriy Reznikov

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First observation of photoaligning of nematic liquid crystals (LC) on inorganic films, namely on a chalcogenide glassy films is reported. We found that irradiation of chalcogenide surfaces by visible laser beam of low-power (~30mW) results in efficient reorientation of the director in the irradiated areas. The anchoring energy associated with the light-induced easy orientation axis is of the order 10-6J*m-2 that is typical for standard organic polymer photoaligning materials. The surprise is that the direction of the reorientation depended on the time of the exposure. For short exposures director reoriented toward the polarization of light and longer exposures resulted in the reorientation away from the light polarization. The effect of light-induced alignment was used for recording of the surface-mediated electrically controlled holograms in the LC cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94/[420]-104/[430]
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Anisotropy
  • Chalcogenide glassy
  • Liquid crystal
  • Photoalignment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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