This Letter demonstrates a photo-addressable, bistable reflective liquid crystal display that is based on a dye-doped liquid crystal (DDLC). Bistable bright and dark states can be attained using the 45 deg twisted nematic (TN) and photo-induced isotropic states (PHI) of the DDLC, respectively. Both the 45 deg TN and PHI states can exist stably for tens of hours, and each can be rapidly switched to the other by the isomerization effect using UV and green light. A bistable reflective liquid crystal display is simply fabricated, easily operated, and rapidly switched. It therefore has the potential to be used in portable information systems.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 3, 2012
Published: June 12, 2012
Chun-Ta Wang, Hung-Chang Jau, and Tsung-Hsien Lin, "Optically controllable bistable reflective liquid crystal display," Opt. Lett. 37, 2370-2372 (2012)