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Commercial uses

A well-known technological use for liquid crystals is in liquid crystal displays (LCDs). The most common type in use today is the twisted nematic LCD which makes use of the Freedericksz Transition (a liquid crystal phase transition induced by the application of an electric field).

The following demonstration shows how a single pixel display is made and operated:

Note: This animation requires Adobe Flash Player 8 and later, which can be downloaded here.

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