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 ... read more
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