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Kent State University

2010

Mesogens

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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

Chemical Physics Publications

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 ...


Short-Range Smectic Order In Bent-Core Nematic Liquid Crystals, Seung Ho Hong, Rafael Verduzco, J. C. Williams, Robert J. Twieg, E. Dimasi, R. Pindak, Antal Jakli, Jim T. Gleeson, Samuel N. Sprunt Aug 2010

Short-Range Smectic Order In Bent-Core Nematic Liquid Crystals, Seung Ho Hong, Rafael Verduzco, J. C. Williams, Robert J. Twieg, E. Dimasi, R. Pindak, Antal Jakli, Jim T. Gleeson, Samuel N. Sprunt

Chemical Physics Publications

Small angle X-ray diffraction from the uniaxial nematic phase of certain bent-core liquid crystals is shown to be consistent with the presence of molecular clusters possessing short-range tilted smectic (smectic-C) order. Persistence of these clusters throughout the nematic phase, and even into the isotropic state, likely accounts for the unusual macroscopic behavior previously reported in bent-core nematics, including an anomalously large flexoelectric effect (similar to 1000 times that of conventional calamitic nematics), very large orientational and flow viscosities (similar to 10 100 and similar to 100 1000 times, respectively, typical values for calamitics), and an extraordinary flow birefringence observed in ...


Nematic Biaxiality In A Bent-Core Material, Hyungguen Yoon, Shin-Woong Kang, Ronald Y. Dong, Alberto Marini, Kattera A. Suresh, Mohan Srinivasarao, Satyendra Kumar May 2010

Nematic Biaxiality In A Bent-Core Material, Hyungguen Yoon, Shin-Woong Kang, Ronald Y. Dong, Alberto Marini, Kattera A. Suresh, Mohan Srinivasarao, Satyendra Kumar

Physics Publications

The results of a recent investigation of the nematic biaxiality in a bent-core mesogen (A131) are in apparent disagreement with earlier claims. Samples of mesogen A131 used in the two studies were investigated with polarized optical microscopy, conoscopy, carbon-13 NMR, and crossover frequency measurements. The results demonstrate that textural changes associated with the growth of biaxial nematic order appear at similar to 149 degrees C. The Maltese cross observed in the conoscopic figure gradually splits into two isogyres at lower temperatures indicating phase biaxiality. Presence of the uniaxial to biaxial nematic phase transition is further confirmed by temperature trends of ...