Surface-surface interaction in smectic liquid crystal films

Lidong Pan, C. S. Hsu, C. C. Huang

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Null transmission ellipsometry was employed to study the field induced transition of the surface arrangements in freestanding films of smectic liquid crystals. The interlayer interaction between the two surfaces obtained from the threshold voltage for the transition is found to be antiferroelectric and is quasilong ranged. The possible microscopic origins of the measured interaction and its relevance to the interlayer interaction in antiferroelectric liquid crystal materials are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number027801
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 11 2012


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