Divergence of cholesteric pitch near a smectic-A transition

Ronald S. Pindak, Cheng Cher Huang, John T. Ho

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We have measured the detailed temperature dependence of the cholesteric pitch in cholesteryl nonanoate near the smectic-A transition. The data show a power-law behavior with an exponent ν=0.675±0.025, in agreement with theoretical prediction and with elastic-constant measurements in nematics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974

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