Uniform Lying Helix Alignment on Periodic Surface Relief Structure Generated via Laser Scanning Lithography

Giovanni Carbone, Daniel Corbett, Steve J. Elston, Peter Raynes, Alexander Jesacher, Richard Simmonds & Martin Booth Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 544(1), 37/[1025]-49/[1037] (June 2011)

The main drawback in the exploitation of the chiral-flexo-electro-optic effect is that it relies on a texture, the Uniform Lying Helix (ULH), which is unstable when the cholesteric is sandwiched between spatially uniform aligning surfaces (UASs). It has been shown that the ULH can be promoted by periodic (horizontal=vertical) anchoring conditions or by the presence of periodic polymeric walls. Here we show that periodic surface relief structures can also promote the formation of a stable ULH texture. The surface relief structure was created by curing an ultraviolet curable material via a two-photon excitation laser-lithography process. The process allows sub-micron resolution and flexibility in creating the topographic relief.

null HelixAlignmentLaserPolymer.pdf — PDF document, 1414Kb