By E. B. Priestley (auth.), E. B. Priestley, Peter J. Wojtowicz, Ping Sheng (eds.)
The lifestyles of liquid crystals has been recognized for almost a centu ry; but it's only within the final ten years that their precise optical, electri cal, electro-optic, and thermal homes were exploited to any major quantity in such technological functions as electronic d~ performs and thermography. electronic watches built with liquid-crys tal screens (LCD's) have lately made their debut within the digital watch marketplace, and the large-scale use of LCD's in quite a few different functions requiring trustworthy, low-power electronic screens is immi nent. there's sturdy cause to think that liquid crystals often is the first electro-optic fabrics to discover frequent advertisement use. except functions, liquid crystals are certain one of the levels of topic. Lurking underneath their garish exhibit of colour and texture is a smart complexity of actual and chemical interplay that's simply now commencing to spread within the face of a decade-old resurgence in all features of liquid~rystal study. RCA Laboratories has participated during this resurgence from its starting within the early 1960's and at the moment keeps lively liquid-crystal courses either in uncomplicated re seek and in machine engineering. In view of the frequent curiosity in liquid crystals at RCA Labo ratories, an in-house weekly seminar dedicated to the topic of liquid crystals was once geared up within the fall of 1973. The ensuing lectures have been thus released in 3 problems with the RCA evaluate and, with the incorporation of a lot extra fabric, ultimately grew into the current volume.
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