Light Scattering and Reflection Properties in Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Cells with Memory Effects

Rumiko YAMAGUCHI  Susumu SATO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E78-C   No.1   pp.106-110
Publication Date: 1995/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Electronic Displays
polymer dispersed liquid crystal,  memory effect,  forward scattering,  backward scattering,  thermal addressing,  reflective display device,  

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Memory type polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) can be applied to a thermal addressing display device cell. Making use of its easy fabrication of large area display using flexible film substrate, the PDLC film can be used as reusable paper for direct-view mode display. In this study, memory type PDLC cells are prepared with an aluminum reflector deposited onto one side of the substrate and the reflection property in the PDLC cell with the reflector is clarified and compared to that without the reflector in the off-, on- and memory-states. The increase of contrast ratio and the decrease of driving voltage can be concurrently realized by decreasing the cell thickness by attaching the reflector. In addition, the reflected light in the off-state is bright and colorless due to the reflector, as compared with the weak, bluish reflected light in the cell without the reflector. Reflected light in the on-state and the memory-state are tinged with blue.