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Surface Alignment, Anchoring Transitions, Optical Properties, And Topological Defects In The Nematic Phase Of Thermotropic Bent-Core Liquid Crystal A131, B. Senyuk, H. Wonderly, M. Mathews, Q. Li, Sergij V. Shiyanovskii, Oleg Lavrentovich Oct 2010

Surface Alignment, Anchoring Transitions, Optical Properties, And Topological Defects In The Nematic Phase Of Thermotropic Bent-Core Liquid Crystal A131, B. Senyuk, H. Wonderly, M. Mathews, Q. Li, Sergij V. Shiyanovskii, Oleg Lavrentovich

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We study optical, structural, and surface anchoring properties of thermotropic nematic bent-core material A131. The focus is on the features associated with orientational order as the material has been reported to exhibit not only the usual uniaxial nematic but also the biaxial nematic phase. We demonstrate that A131 experiences a surface anchoring transition from a perpendicular to tilted alignment when the temperature decreases. The features of the tilted state are consistent with surface-induced birefringence associated with smectic layering near the surface and a molecular tilt that changes along the normal to the substrates. The surface-induced birefringence is reduced to zero ...