Photoinduced reorientation processes in thin films of photochromic LC polymers on substrates with a photocontrollable command surface

AV Ryabchun (Corresponding Author), A Yu Bobrovsky, VP Shibaev

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Orientation and reorientation processes that occur in nematic and cholesteric LC polymer systems under irradiation with plane-polarized light are studied. A copolyacrylate containing phenyl benzoate and azobenzene side groups is synthesized as a nematic polymer; the cholesteric mixture is prepared via doping of the nematic copolymer with the chiral dopant, the derivative of D-isosorbide. Thin layers of the azobenzene-containing photoorientant SD-1 are first used as orienting substrates for polymer liquid crystals. Thin layers of the copolymer and of the mixture are spin-coated on the substrate after irradiation of the photoorientant layer with polarized light. It is shown that after annealing phenyl benzoate and azobenzene side groups of the nematic copolymer orient strictly along the direction of orientation of surface molecules, whereas in the case of the cholesteric mixture, a partial formation of the helical structure is observed. It is demonstrated that all the systems under examination can experience the repeated cyclic reorientation of the cooperative type under irradiation and subsequent annealing of the films.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812-823
Number of pages12
JournalPolymer Science, Series A
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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