Molecular alignment enhancement phenomenon of polymer formed from a liquid crystal monomer in a liquid crystal solvent was reported. The sandwiched monomer film was illuminated with infrared, linearly polarized light from a semiconductor laser. It was found that a highly aligned polymer could be obtained by polymerizing a liquid crystalline monomer in a heated liquid crystal solvent. The anisotropy in the polymer alignment was three times greater than that of a nematic-phase monomer or polymer.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)