The Center acts as the principal source of information and expertise in the US for the application of chiral smectic LCs, currently having projects and/or interactions with nearly every U.S. company having an interest in FLC and related technologies.

Examples in progress or completed are as follows:

  • Analog SLMs (Boeing)
  • Application of FLC electro optic switches in fiber optic sensors (NIST)
  • Assessment of AFLC display technology
  • Assessment of SSFLC cell defects and their role in electro optic performance (drive margin, etc.)
  • Assessment of V-shaped switching materials
  • Birefringence measurement (Network Photonics)
  • Calculation of spontaneous polarization from molecular structure
  • Demonstration of FLC switches for telecom application (Corning)
  • Demonstration of FLC waveguide switches (Displaytech)
  • Design and fabrication of an EO shift register (TRW)
  • Design of high contrast projector optics for use with reflective FLC displays
  • Determination of FLC layer spacing (3M)
  • Determination of the chevron interface structure and position in SSFLC cells
  • Determination of the structure of anti-sense RNA-cationic lipid complexes (Atugen Pharmaceuticals)
  • Determination of the structure of ribozyme-cationic lipid complexes (Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals)
  • Determination of thermal behavior of layer structure in SSFLC cells (Sandia)
  • Development of alignment methods for bookshelf FLC materials (3M)
  • Development of alignment methods for high-performance electroclinic materials (Rockwell)
  • Development of FLC materials and cells for analog electro-optics (Rockwell)
  • Development of high performance polarizers for reflective FLC devices
  • Development of software for calculation of the director profile in FLC cells (Canon)
  • Development of SSFLC photo-addressed SLMs (Lockheed-Martin)
  • Electroclinic EO effects for fiber optic switching (NIST)
  • Fabrication of pixellated spatial light modulators with ultra small pixels (3M)
  • FLC linear EO array fabrication (IBM)
  • FLC print bar development (IBM)
  • FLC print bar for UV exposed color printing (Honeywell)
  • FLC synthesis (Monsanto)
  • FLC synthesis for NLO (IBM)
  • Investigation of FLC pumping effects in displays
  • Measurement of optical reflectivity of indium-tin oxide layers (Displaytech)
  • Physics of evaporation-induced self assembly of lyo-patterned porous gels (Sandia)
  • Raman microprobe of cell defects
  • SSFLC EO cell defects and their role in drive margin, etc.
  • Study of surface stabilization in SSFLC cells
  • Study of the role of ionic impurities in image retention in SSFLC cells (Displaytech)
  • Study of the role of ionic impurities in image retention in SSFLC cells (Canon)
  • Synthesis of chiral dopants for FLCs (IBM)
  • Use of STM and AFM for probing adsorption of antibodies on functionalized surfaces (Biostar)
  • Variable focus contact lenses using LCs (Cibavision)
  • X-ray study of layer structure in bookshelf-aligning FLCs (3M)

 

 

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