Bistable Defect Structures In Blue Phase Devices

A. Tiribocchi, G. Gonnella, D. Marenduzzo, E. Orlandini, F. Salvadore

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Blue phases are liquid crystals made up by networks of defects, or disclination lines. While existing phase diagrams show a striking variety of competing metastable topologies for these networks, very little is known as to how to kinetically reach a target structure, or how to switch from one to the other, which is of paramount importance for devices. We theoretically identify two confined blue phase I systems in which by applying an appropriate series of electric field it is possible to select one of two bistable defect patterns. Our results may be used to realize new generation and fast switching energy-saving bistable devices in ultrathin surface treated blue phase I wafers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number237803
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011

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