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Liquid crystal displays

  1. Jan 16, 2007 #1
    i have a few questions:

    1)what is the liquid used?

    2)is the glass etched inside to hold the liquid or do they use a thin film of two layers, one conducting?

    3)lcds use 180hz square waves to keep the display liquid black, but when just using dc the display will turn black and then fade, why?
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  3. Jan 16, 2007 #2


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    Here's a reasonably good starting point:


    Many different materials and techniques are used for LCDs. In general, though, most use variations in the electric field across a pixel cell to alter the way that light's polarization is affected when going through the cell. So yes, there are clear conductor stips on the inside surfaces of the glass plates, and AC waveforms are used to affect the liquid crystal molecules inside each pixel cell.
  4. Jan 16, 2007 #3


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    BTW, is this a homework problem? If so, I can move it to the homework forums.
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