Phenomena

An Intro to Liquid Crystals

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There’s a good chance that the screen you’re using to read this uses liquid crystals, but how much do you know about this ubiquitous technology? Liquid crystals are fluids made up of molecules that orient into crystalline structures. Their usefulness for displays comes from the way they interact with light, changing the polarization of light based on their orientation. This Lutetium Project video is a great introduction to liquid crystals and some of their important properties, and, as always with LP videos, the journey is a beautiful one. (Image and video credit: The Lutetium Project)

Want to learn how to promote your research in traditional media and online? This Friday Tom Crawford and I are presenting a free webinar on the topic as part of the Fluid Mechanics Webinar Series. Be sure to register ahead of time for the link and tune in at 4pm GMT (11am EST) on Friday. See you there!

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