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Converse Flexoelectric Effect In A Bent-Core Nematic Liquid Crystal, John Harden, R. Teeling, Jim T. Gleeson, Samuel N. Sprunt, Antal Jakli Sep 2008

Converse Flexoelectric Effect In A Bent-Core Nematic Liquid Crystal, John Harden, R. Teeling, Jim T. Gleeson, Samuel N. Sprunt, Antal Jakli

Chemical Physics Publications

Flexoelectricity is a unique property of liquid crystals; it is a linear coupling between electric polarizations and bend and/or splay distortions of the direction of average molecular orientation. Recently it was shown [J. Harden et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 157802 (2006)] that the bend flexoelectric coefficient in bent-core nematic liquid crystals can be three orders of magnitude higher than the effect with calamitic (rod-shaped) molecular shape. Here we report the converse of the flexoelectric effect: An electric field applied across a bent-core liquid crystal sandwiched between thin flexible substrates produces a director distortion which is manifested as a ...