LIQUID CRYSTAL LAMINAR FILLING BAFFLES
Original Publication Date: 1977-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-29
Xerox Disclosure Journal
The filling of liquid crystalline electro-optic cells is typically accompanied by turbulent flow which renders the liquid crystalline material filled into the cell less than visually pleasing. To overcome these visual deficiencies in filled liquid cry-stalline electro-optic cells, it is proposed that baffles be evaporated onto a substrate prior to the use of the substrate in fabrication of the cell. The evaporated baffles are con-structed to a thickness equal to that desired for the liquid crystalline layer in the completed cell. The spacing and con-figuration of the baffles is selected to return turbulently flowing liquid crystalline material to laminar flow for the entire region between entrance and exit baffles so that turbulent flow originating between the baffles is propagated only in parallel lines. Consequently, the liquid crystalline material is rendered more visually acceptable. Undesirable striation alignment is minimized.