Liquid Crystal Displays: Fundamental Physics and Technology

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An unprecedented look into the basic physics, chemistry, and technology behind the LCD

Most notably used for computer screens, televisions, and mobile phones, LCDs (liquid crystal displays) are a pervasive and increasingly indispensable part of our lives. Providing both an historical and a business-minded context, this extensive resource describes the unique scientific and engineering techniques used to create these beautiful, clever, and eminently useful devices.

In this book, the history of the science and technology behind the LCD is described in a prelude to the development of the device, presenting a rational development theme and pinpointing innovations. The book begins with Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism, and the ultimately profound realization that light is an electromagnetic wave and an electromagnetic wave is light.

The power of mathematical physics thus was brought to bear upon the study of light, and particularly the polarization of light by material bodies, including liquid crystals. After a brief historical description of polarization, a physical interpretation provides substance to the mathematical concepts. Subsequent chapters cover:

  • Thermodynamics for liquid crystals

  • The Maier-Saupe mean field, phenomenological, static continuum, and dynamic continuum theories

  • The transistor and integrated circuit

  • Glass, panels, and modules

  • The calculus of variations

  • The active matrix

  • Semiconductor fabrication

  • The global LCD business

Additionally, the book illustrates how mathematics, physics, and chemistry are put to practical use in the LCDs we use every day. By describing the science from an historical perspective and in practical terms in the context of a device very familiar to readers, the book presents an engaging and unique view of the technology for everyone from science students to engineers, product designers, and indeed anyone curious about LCDs.

Series Editor: Anthony C. Lowe, The Lambent Consultancy, Braishfield, UK

The Society for Information Display (SID) is an international society, which has the aim of encouraging the development of all aspects of the field of information display. Complementary to the aims of the society, the Wiley-SID series is intended to explain the latest developments in information display technology at a professional level. The broad scope of the series addresses all facets of information displays from technical aspects through systems and prototypes to standards and ergonomics.

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About the Author:

ROBERT HSIN CHEN, PhD, is an adjunct professor at National Taiwan University and Tsinghua and Jiaotong Universities in Taiwan. He is a former senior vice president at Chimei Optoelectronics, former director at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and former vice president at Acer Computer Corporation. He is a member of numerous scientific organizations as well as The State Bar of California, and is a registered patent attorney. Dr. Chen is the author of two books on computers and LCDs and has written many articles in international scientific journals and intellectual property journals.

Review:

“This is an excellent introductory book for readers interested in an overview of the science, technology and business of Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) ... The author’s casual writing style makes this book uniquely accessible to a variety of readers, ranging from students to business executives.” (Optics & Photonics News, 13 April 2012)

"As one would expect, the reference is written for a professional technical audience, but is clearly written and includes first-rate illustrations." (Book News, 1 October 2011)

 

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