Building upon our previous report [Veum, Phys. Rev. E 17, 020701(R) (2005)] involving two compounds, we have performed a systematic study of the temperature variation of film tension above the bulk isotropic transition in freestanding films to include a total of six smectic liquid-crystal compounds. Consistent with the previous results, the tension increases sharply with temperature above the transition, the tension-temperature slope is proportional to the film's thickness, and the data can be interpreted in the context of theoretical models for layer thinning. Our data suggest that both molecular weight and bulk phase appearing below its isotropic phase play important roles in the slope values.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|State||Published - Oct 2 2006|