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Calorimetric Study of Nematic Prewetting
Europhysics Letters (2002)
  • Xuewu Liu
  • David W Allender, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • D. Finotello, Kent State University - Kent Campus

We report specific-heat measurements for a series of liquid crystals imbedded in a porous cylindrical geometry. Above the nematic-to-isotropic transition and dependent on nematic width (or chain length), the specific heat shows a small peak. In analogy to known ellipsometry results, the peak is believed to be the signature of a nematic prewetting transition.

  • Confined Liquid Crystals,
  • Phase Transitions,
  • Isotropic Phase,
  • Wetting Transitions,
  • Free Surface,
  • Behavior,
  • Order,
  • Films
Publication Date
September 15, 2002
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Citation Information
Xuewu Liu, David W Allender and D. Finotello. "Calorimetric Study of Nematic Prewetting" Europhysics Letters Vol. 59 Iss. 6 (2002)
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