Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — Cutting edge research may extend LCD technology beyond its physical limits, and it's all being done by a New Mexico State University mathematician, not a chemist.
"LCD devices are by and large based on nematic mesophases," said Tiziana Giorgi, professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences.
"Tilted chiral smectic mesophases, due to their ferroelectric or antiferroelectric properties, are promising since they have superior operational speed and resolution," she said.
Giorgi's work is being funded by a three-year, $158,640 grant from the National Science Foundation.
"I look at the equations that are involved in the description and study the property of the solutions of these equations," Giorgi said.
"The goal is that by looking at the property of the solutions you try to validate these models to see if the solutions contain the property that the liquid crystal has," she said.
Giorgi has used the grant money to hire graduate students and travel to conferences
Giorgi joined the faculty at NMSU in 2002, teaches calculus, partial differential equations and numerical analysis.
She is originally from Rome.