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.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
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)