Unusual behavior of the surface-induced tilted layers in free-standing films of a non-layer-shrinkage liquid crystal compound

S. T. Wang, X. F. Han, Z. Q. Liu, A. Cady, M. D. Radcliffe, C. C. Huang

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Abstract

The molecular arrangements in free-standing films of a non-layer-shrinkage (NLS) liquid crystal compound were discussed. The unusual behavior of the surface-induced tilted layers of NLS liquid crystal was investigated using null-transmision ellipsometry. A non-planar-anticlinic-synclinic or a nonplanar-synclinic transition was observed upon cooling under a proper electric field. The results show that a field induced rare transition from a synclinic to an anticlinic state was observed upon increasing electric field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number060702
Pages (from-to)607021-607024
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume68
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

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