Light scattering study of a twist grain boundary liquid crystal

A. Adorjan, S. Stojadinovic, L. Sukhomlinova, R. Twieg, S. Sprunt

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A light scattering study of the fluctuation modes in a TGB liquid crystal was performed. As such, the temperature dependence of an instability in the helical director structure observed in the vicinity of the N* to N*L transition can be interpreted in terms of incipient grain boundary formation and smectic layering. The apparent absence of a soft mode at the TGB-smectic-C* transition indicates that the previously identified commensurate TGBA phase may be a commensurate TGBC phase with an unusually small molecular tilt angle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035503
Pages (from-to)035503/1-035503/4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 24 2003

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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