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Pattern-Stabilized Decorated Polar Liquid-Crystal Fibers
Physical Review Letters
  • Alexey Eremin
  • Ulrike Kornek
  • Stephan Stern
  • Ralf Stannarius
  • Fumito Araoka
  • Hideo Takezoe
  • Hajnalka Nadasi
  • Wolfgang Weissflog
  • Antal Jakli, Kent State University - Kent Campus
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  • frustration,
  • photonics,
  • molecules,
  • phases,
  • silk
Geometric frustration gives rise to new fundamental phenomena and is known to yield the formation of exotic states of matter, such as incommensurate crystals, modulated liquid-crystalline phases, and phases stabilized by defects. In this Letter, we present a detailed study of polar structure of freely suspended fluid filaments in a polarization modulated liquid-crystal phase. We show that a periodic pattern of polarization-splay stripes separated by defect boundaries and decorating smectic layers can stabilize the structure of fluid fibers against the Rayleigh-Plateau instability. The instability is suppressed by the resistance of the defect structure to a radial compression of the cylindrical fibers. Our results provide direct experimental observation of a link between the stability of the liquid fibers, internal polar order, and geometrical constraints. They open a new perspective on a wide range of fluid polar fiber materials.

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Alexey Eremin, Ulrike Kornek, Stephan Stern, Ralf Stannarius, et al.. "Pattern-Stabilized Decorated Polar Liquid-Crystal Fibers" Physical Review Letters Vol. 109 Iss. 1 (2012)
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