Diverging elasticity and director uniformation in a nanopatterned cell near the nematic-smectic- A phase transition.

Atherton, Timothy J.
Wang, Ruiting.
Rosenblatt, Charles.

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.
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