Three optical probes have been employed on free-standing films to study surface structure and transitions of the SmC* phase of one liquid crystal compound. While the interior layers show the SmC* structure, the tilt in adjacent surface layers is found to be anticlinic. The number of anticlinic surface layers grows rapidly as the transition to the SmC* F12 phase is approached.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|