Calorimetric, optical reflectivity, and electron-diffraction measurements have revealed several unique features near the smectic-A-hexatic-B transition of thin free-standing films of nmOBC (n-alkyl-4′-n-alkyoxy-biphenyl-4-carboxylate). Our recent Monte-Carlo simulations of a coupled XY model offer important insight into the nature of this transition.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology Section A: Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|