2022 Organic Optical Materials physics

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Ishikawa Ken 
Class Format
Lecture    (HyFlex)
Media-enhanced courses
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon3-4(S623 or S102)  
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Course description and aims

This class deals with the basic knowledge of liquid crystals and optics of birefringent subject to understand the working mechanisms of liquid crystal displays.
(1) Optical constants and optical properties of condensed matter
(2) Birefringent object and polarized light
(3) Liquid crystals
(4) Nematic phase and liquid crystal displays

Student learning outcomes

Learn liquid crystals widely used in flat panel displays and basic optical concepts to understand the working mechanisms of liquid crystal displays.


Liquid crystal, Birefringence, Polarized light

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lecture-base learning

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Optical properties of dielectrics Understand the classic theory of dielectric materials and application of the theory to optical properties.
Class 2 Optics of birefringent media Understand the light propagation in birefringent media
Class 3 Liquid crystal as intermediate states Understand the characteristics of liquid crystal phases.
Class 4 Order parameter of liquid crystal Understand the concept of the order parameter using orthogonal function expansion.
Class 5 Phase transition in liquid crystals Understand the phenomenological theory of phase transition
Class 6 Physical properties of nematic liquid crystal Understand the elasticity of the nematic phase.
Class 7 Liquid crystal displays Understand the histry and method of liquid crystal displays.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Non required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Some Japnese text concerning this lecture will be published on OCW.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding physical properties of liquid crystals and optics of birefringent materials, and their ability to apply them to solve problems.

Related courses

  • MAT.P302 : Optics
  • MAT.P301 : Solid State Physics (Lattice)
  • MAT.P303 : Solid State Physics (Electrons)

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Have credits of related courses.

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