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What is the difference between a plasma and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) television?

Difference between a plasma and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) television.

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The difference between plasma and LCD televisions is the technology used to manufacture them.

  • A plasma television consists of two transparent glass panels with a thin layer of pixels sandwiched in between. Each pixel is composed of three gas-filled cells. A grid of tiny electrodes applies an electric current to the individual cells, causing the gas in the cells to ionize. This ionized gas emits high-frequency ultra violet rays which stimulate the phosphors of the cells, causing them to glow the desired color.

  • An LCD television consists of two polarizing transparent panels and a liquid crystal solution sandwiched in between. The front layer of glass is etched on the inside surface in a grid pattern to form a template for the layer of liquid crystals. Each crystal acts like a shutter, either allowing light to pass through or blocking the light. The pattern of transparent and dark crystals forms the image.