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Magnetic-Field Effect on Periodic Stripe Domains in Nematic Liquid-Crystals
Physical Review E
  • A. Sparavigna
  • Oleg Lavrentovich, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • A. Strigazzi
Publication Date
Document Type
  • focal conic domains,
  • saddle-splay,
  • phase,
  • transition,
  • evolution,
  • constants,
  • curvature,
  • layer
Hybrid aligned nematic films placed onto an isotropic fluid substrate exhibit an unusual periodic stripe domain structure that appears only when the thickness of the film is smaller than a few tenths of a micrometer. We investigated the effect of a magnetic field on the threshold between the periodic stripe domains and the aperiodic deformed structure of the director. As experimentally observed, a magnetic field applied along the stripe domains favors a nonperiodic state with the director undistorted in the horizontal plane. The experimental findings are confirmed by a theory that takes into account not only the usual type of the elastic distortions, but also the so-called saddle-splay elasticity. A comparison of the experimental and theoretical data allows one to estimate that the saddle-splay elastic constant K24 is of the same order of magnitude as the bulk elastic constants; this result agrees with independent studies of confined liquid crystal systems.

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Citation Information
A. Sparavigna, Oleg Lavrentovich and A. Strigazzi. "Magnetic-Field Effect on Periodic Stripe Domains in Nematic Liquid-Crystals" Physical Review E Vol. 51 Iss. 1 (1995) p. 792 - 795
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