Surface tension of several liquid-crystal compounds in the smectic-A or smectic-Ad phase

P. Mach, S. Grantz, D. A. Debe, T. Stoebe, C. C. Huang

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Abstract

After implementing a computer-enhanced imaging system in our newly established apparatus, we have achieved much higher resolution in measuring the surface tension of free-standing films in the smectic-A or smectic-Ad phase of seven different liquid-crystal compounds. The experimental results reveal two salient features: the relation of surface tension to thickness and the difference in surface tension between the smectic-A and smectic-Ad phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalJournal de physique. II
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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