Diverging elasticity and director uniformation in a nanopatterned cell near the nematic-smectic- A phase transition.Atherton, Timothy J.
The stylus of an atomic force microscope is used to scribe herringbone patterns of various wavelengths into a polyimide-coated substrate. The patterns serve as a template for alignment of the liquid crystal octyloxycyanobiphenyl and impose a bend distortion in the liquid crystal in the vicinity of the herringbone apexes. The pretransitional behavior of the liquid crystal is observed by polarized m... read more
- Liquid crystals.
- Tufts University. Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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- T. J. Atherton, R. Wang and C. Rosenblatt, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 77 (6) (2008). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.77.061702.