A new photo-crosslinkable and solvent-soluble polyimide containing cinnamate side chains (PICA) was developed for aligning nematic liquid crystals (LCs). Good LC alignment was achieved by exposing a long-wave linearly polarized ultraviolet (LPUV) light to the PICA film. The LC alignment direction is found perpendicular to the polarization axis of the incident LPUV light. The uniform alignment of LC molecules induced by PICA films remains intact after being heated at 85 °C for 450 hours. A small pretilt angle on the PICA film was generated by the double exposure method.
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters|
|Issue number||5 B|
|State||Published - 15 Mar 2000|