Double Reentrance of Surface Arrangements in Freestanding Liquid Crystal Films

X. F. Han, S. T. Wang, A. Cady, M. D. Radcliffe, C. C. Huang

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Abstract

The molecular arrangement of tilted surface layers on freestanding films above the bulk smectic-[Formula presented]–smectic-[Formula presented] transition has been studied by null transmission ellipsometry. In the presence of an applied in-plane electric field, a synclinic-anticlinic-synclinic-anticlinic double reentrance has been observed. Furthermore, we have characterized a novel transition from the synclinic arrangement to a structure in which the interior layers tilt in the same orientation and the outermost surface layers tilt oppositely with the interior layers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume91
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 22 2003

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