This tutorial gives a short introduction to the field of liquid crystals. After explaining the nature of liquid crystal materials, the most important physical properties and characteristics are discussed. Finally, the working principle of a liquid crystal display is described as an example to the most important application of liquid crystals. The tutorial tries not to go into the physical details, but instead makes an comprehensible text, also for non-scientists.
The liquid crystal tutorial is subdivided into four different topics:
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