Liquid crystal alignment explained

Dec. 21, 2005 at 4:30 PM

KENT, Ohio, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- For more than 30 years, scientists have worked to understand liquid crystal alignment and now Kent State University researchers have succeeded.

A group of researchers at the Kent, Ohio, school headed by physics Professor Satyendra Kumar have uncovered the mechanisms of liquid crystal alignment, capping 10 years of research.

The alignment of liquid crystals in devices such as lap-top computers and palm pilots is what makes the display readable.

The Kent State researchers' work is detailed in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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