Modeling of the microdischarges in plasma addressed liquid crystal displays

G.J.M. Hagelaar, G.M.W. Kroesen, U. Slooten, van, H. Schreuders

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Plasma addressed liquid crystal (PALC) is a promising technology for large size flat display devices, which uses gas discharges as electrical switches for the addressing of a liquid crystal (LC) layer. This work presents a comprehensive two-dimensional fluid model, that we developed for the simulation of the microdischarges occurring in PALC displays. The model comprises continuity equations and drift-diffusion equations for plasma particle species, a balance equation for the electron energy, and Poisson's equation for the electric field. Using this model, we succeeded in simulating the full PALC operation, reproducing a series of discharge pulses and afterglows in three consecutive PALC discharge channels. Results are presented for helium and helium–hydrogen mixtures. The results include: calculated particle densities, current–voltage curves, plasma decay times, surface charges, and LC transmission profiles. The influence of electrical crosstalk between adjacent channels is demonstrated
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2252-2262
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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