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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1998
  • pp: 753–757

Rigorous electromagnetic simulation of liquid crystal displays

B. Witzigmann, P. Regli, and W. Fichtner  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 753-757 (1998)

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Light propagation in liquid crystal devices is described by means of rigorous electromagnetic theory. With the numerical finite-difference time-domain method, the field distribution in inhomogeneous molecule arrangements caused by the finite size of the pixel electrodes can be calculated by a full solution of the Maxwell equations. As an example, a two-dimensional calculation of an inversion layer in a twisted nematic display is presented, and the significance of the new method is shown by comparison of the results with those of a one-dimensional Jones calculation.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

Original Manuscript: May 30, 1997
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 1997
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 1997
Published: March 1, 1998

B. Witzigmann, P. Regli, and W. Fichtner, "Rigorous electromagnetic simulation of liquid crystal displays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 753-757 (1998)

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