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Anchoring Energy Measurements: a Practical Approach

Newton, Christopher J.P.; Iovane, M.; Duhem, O.; Barberi, R.; Lombardo, G.; Spiller, T.P.


Keyword(s): liquid crystals; surface anchoring; computer modelling

Abstract: We describe a simple method for determining anchoring energies from the measured optical response of liquid crystal cells. The method is quick and easy to use and can therefore be used to check a range of possible treatments, or for process control in an industrial environment. Notes: M.Iovane and R. Barberi, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita della Calabria, I- 80736, Rende (CS), Italy. O. Duhem, INFM Research Unit of Calabria, c/o Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita della Calabria, I-80736, Rende (CS), Italy. G. Lombardo, Dipartimento di Meccanica e Materiali, Facolta' di Ingegneria, Universita' degli Studi di Reggio Calabria, Localita' Feo di Vito, 89060 Reggio Calabria.

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