James Fergason and His Role in the Basic and Applied Science of Liquid Crystals

9 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 26, 2016

Abstract

James Lee Fergason (1934-2008) focused his research on the liquid crystals. His studies and works correspond to a relevant part of the history of soft matter science and technology of liquid crystals. Besides contributing to the basic studies on cholesteric and smectic materials, he developed the twisted-nematic cell, which led to the fist liquid crystal displays. Here we are proposing a discussion of some of his main researches.

Keywords: Liquid crystals, Liquid crystal displays, Twisted nematic cell, Nematic mesophase, Cholesteric mesophase, Smectic mesophase, Thermochromic liquid crystals, Polymer dispersed liquid crystals

Suggested Citation

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina, James Fergason and His Role in the Basic and Applied Science of Liquid Crystals (October 26, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2859527 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2859527

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Turin ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129
Italy

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