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Structural transitions in surface-stabilized smectic-C cells near the smectic-C–smetic-A phase-transition temperature

Structural transitions in surface-stabilized smectic-C cells near the smectic-C–smetic-A phase-transition temperature
Structural transitions in surface-stabilized smectic-C cells near the smectic-C–smetic-A phase-transition temperature
This study continues the development of the Landau–de Gennes theory of chevron structure in a surface-stabilized Sm-C liquid crystal cell. In this paper we study in detail the consequences of varying the magnitude of the planar surface anchoring. The strength of the anchoring is found to govern the order of the phases close to the Sm-A–Sm-C phase transition. Depending on the strength of the anchoring, we find two possible transition sequences: (a) Sm-A?bookshelf Sm-C?nonplanar chevron; (b) Sm-A?planar chevron?nonplanar chevron.
1539-3755
5651-5659
Vaupotič, N.
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Čopič, M.
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Sluckin, T.J.
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Vaupotič, N.
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Čopič, M.
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Sluckin, T.J.
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Vaupotič, N., Čopič, M. and Sluckin, T.J. (1998) Structural transitions in surface-stabilized smectic-C cells near the smectic-C–smetic-A phase-transition temperature. Physical Review E, 57 (5), 5651-5659. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.57.5651).

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This study continues the development of the Landau–de Gennes theory of chevron structure in a surface-stabilized Sm-C liquid crystal cell. In this paper we study in detail the consequences of varying the magnitude of the planar surface anchoring. The strength of the anchoring is found to govern the order of the phases close to the Sm-A–Sm-C phase transition. Depending on the strength of the anchoring, we find two possible transition sequences: (a) Sm-A?bookshelf Sm-C?nonplanar chevron; (b) Sm-A?planar chevron?nonplanar chevron.

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Published date: 1998

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Local EPrints ID: 29569
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/29569
ISSN: 1539-3755
PURE UUID: f497e469-606b-4381-99b6-02b3ff340efc
ORCID for T.J. Sluckin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9163-0061

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Date deposited: 21 May 2007
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 02:31

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Author: N. Vaupotič
Author: M. Čopič
Author: T.J. Sluckin ORCID iD

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