Alignment of semiconducting liquid crystalline polymers induced by hot stylus rubbing

Michinori Honma, Takuya Otsuka, Ryota Ito, Stanley Pau, Toshiaki Nose

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We introduce a microrubbing process using a small hot stylus to create a liquid crystalline (LC) polymer possessing a microscale thread-like structure with good molecular orientation properties. In this process, the spin-coated thin film was rubbed using a hot stylus to apply a lateral shear force to the film and induce the LC phase. The effects of the rubbed line thickness (or created orientation thread spacing) on the processing temperature and vertical load were studied to construct a formation model of the orientation threads. Furthermore, a regular arrangement of the orientation threads, which can function as a diffraction grating, was fabricated to estimate the induced birefringence of the threads based on analyzing the polarization dependence of the diffraction efficiency. It was found that the induced birefringence could be considerably high, ensuring that a high orientational order is induced by the hot stylus rubbing procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031001
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024


  • liquid crystal
  • microrubbing
  • molecular orientation
  • polyfluorene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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