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Gregory A. DiLisi

1993

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Viscoelastic Properties Of A Bent And Straight Dimeric Liquid Crystal, Gregory A. Dilisi, Charles Rosenblatt, Anselm C. Griffin, Eugene M. Terentjev Apr 1993

Viscoelastic Properties Of A Bent And Straight Dimeric Liquid Crystal, Gregory A. Dilisi, Charles Rosenblatt, Anselm C. Griffin, Eugene M. Terentjev

Gregory A. DiLisi

Absolute values for the elastic constants and viscosities are reported in the nematic phase for two dimers based upon the monomer 4.4'-dipentyloxyphenylbenzoate. One dimer has an even number of methylene units in the spacer and, in consequence, is approximately straight in the all-trans conformation. The other dimer has one less methylene unit, and is therefore bent. We find that the ratio K33/K11 for the odd dimer is reduced relative to that for the even member of the series. Moreover, we find that the absolute elastic constants for the odd dimer are of order one-half that of the ...