We developed a composite system to produce robust bistable smectic-A (SmA) liquid crystal based flexible displays by encapsulating the liquid crystal material in a polymer wall structure. While keeping all the intrinsic bistable properties of the SmA material, the field-induced polymer walls bridge the two display substrates and bring significant advantages over the polymer dispersed liquid crystal structure. Here we analyze the performance of an encapsulated pixel and demonstrate superior electro-optical characteristics, high contrast ratio, and excellent sunlight readability. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.
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