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  1. Surface alignment and anchoring transitions in nematic lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal.

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    Nazarenko, V G; Boiko, O P; Park, H-S; Brodyn, O M; Omelchenko, M M; Tortora, L; Nastishin, Yu A; Lavrentovich, O D

    2010-07-01

    The surface alignment of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals can not only be planar (tangential) but also homeotropic, with self-assembled aggregates perpendicular to the substrate, as demonstrated by mapping optical retardation and by three-dimensional imaging of the director field. With time, the homeotropic nematic undergoes a transition into a tangential state. The anchoring transition is discontinuous and can be described by a double-well anchoring potential with two minima corresponding to tangential and homeotropic orientation. PMID:20867479

  2. Annihilation dynamics of stringlike topological defects in a nematic lyotropic liquid crystal.

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    Guimarães, R R; Mendes, R S; Fernandes, P R G; Mukai, H

    2013-10-01

    Topological defects can appear whenever there is some type of ordering. Its ubiquity in nature has been the subject of several studies, from early Universe to condensed matter. In this work, we investigated the annihilation dynamics of defects and antidefects in a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal (ternary mixture of potassium laurate, decanol and deionized-destillated water) using the polarized optical light microscopy technique. We analyzed Schlieren textures with topological defects produced due to a symmetry breaking in the transition of the isotropic to nematic calamitic phase after a temperature quench. As result, we obtained for the distance D between two annihilating defects (defect-antidefect pair), as a function of time t remaining for the annihilation, the scaling law D ∝ t(α), with α = 0.390 and standard deviation σ = 0.085. Our findings go in the direction to extend experimental results related to dynamics of defects in liquid crystals since only thermotropic and polymerics ones had been investigated. In addition, our results are in good quantitative agreement with previous investigations on the subject.

  3. Optical characterization of the nematic lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals: light absorption, birefringence, and scalar order parameter.

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    Nastishin, Yu A; Liu, H; Schneider, T; Nazarenko, V; Vasyuta, R; Shiyanovskii, S V; Lavrentovich, O D

    2005-10-01

    We report on the optical properties of the nematic (N) phase formed by lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) in well aligned planar samples. LCLCs belong to a broad class of materials formed by one-dimensional molecular self-assembly and are similar to other systems such as "living polymers" and "wormlike micelles." We study three water soluble LCLC forming materials: disodium chromoglycate, a derivative of indanthrone called Blue 27, and a derivative of perylene called Violet 20. The individual molecules have a planklike shape and assemble into rodlike aggregates that form the phase once the concentration exceeds about 0.1 M. The uniform surface alignment of the N phase is achieved by buffed polyimide layers. According to the light absorption anisotropy data, the molecular planes are on average perpendicular to the aggregate axes and thus to the nematic director. We determined the birefringence of these materials in the N and biphasic N-isotropic (I) regions and found it to be negative and significantly lower in the absolute value as compared to the birefringence of typical thermotropic low-molecular-weight nematic materials. In the absorbing materials Blue 27 and Violet 20, the wavelength dependence of birefringence is nonmonotonic because of the effect of anomalous dispersion near the absorption bands. We describe positive and negative tactoids formed as the nuclei of the new phase in the biphasic N-I region (which is wide in all three materials studied). Finally, we determined the scalar order parameter of the phase of Blue 27 and found it to be relatively high, in the range 0.72-0.79, which puts the finding into the domain of general validity of the Onsager model. However, the observed temperature dependence of the scalar order parameter points to the importance of factors not accounted for in the athermal Onsager model, such as interaggregate interactions and the temperature dependence of the aggregate length.

  4. Elasticity, viscosity, and orientational fluctuations of a lyotropic chromonic nematic liquid crystal disodium cromoglycate.

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    Zhou, Shuang; Neupane, Krishna; Nastishin, Yuriy A; Baldwin, Alan R; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V; Lavrentovich, Oleg D; Sprunt, Samuel

    2014-09-14

    Using dynamic light scattering, we study orientational fluctuation modes in the nematic phase of a self-assembled lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal (LCLC) disodium cromoglycate and measure the Frank elastic moduli and viscosity coefficients. The elastic moduli of splay (K1) and bend (K3) are in the order of 10 pN while the twist modulus (K2) is an order of magnitude smaller. The splay constant K1 and the ratio K1/K3 both increase substantially as the temperature T decreases, which we attribute to the elongation of the chromonic aggregates at lower temperatures. The bend viscosity is comparable to that of thermotropic liquid crystals, while the splay and twist viscosities are several orders of magnitude larger. The temperature dependence of bend viscosity is weak. The splay and twist viscosities change exponentially with the temperature. In addition to the director modes, the fluctuation spectrum reveals an additional mode that is attributed to diffusion of structural defects in the column-like aggregates.

  5. Stereochemical control of nonamphiphilic lyotropic liquid crystals: chiral nematic phase of assemblies separated by six nanometers of aqueous solvents.

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    Yang, Sijie; Wang, Bing; Cui, Dawei; Kerwood, Deborah; Wilkens, Stephan; Han, Junjie; Luk, Yan-Yeung

    2013-06-13

    Unlike conventional thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals, nonamphiphilic lyotropic liquid crystals consist of hydrated assemblies of nonamphiphilic molecules that are aligned with a separation of about 6 nm between assemblies in an aqueous environment. This separation raises the question of how chirality, either from chiral mesogens or chiral dopants, would impact the phase as the assemblies that need to interact with each other are about 6 nm apart. Here, we report the synthesis of three stereoisomers of disodium chromonyl carboxylate, 5'DSCG-diviol, and the correlation between the molecular structure, bulk assembly, and liquid crystal formation. We observed that the chiral isomers (enantiomers 5'DSCG-(R,R)-diviol and 5'DSCG-(S,S)-diviol) formed liquid crystals while the achiral isomer 5'DSCG-meso-diviol did not. Circular dichroism indicated a chiral conformation with bisignate cotton effect. The nuclear Overhauser effect in proton NMR spectroscopy revealed conformations that are responsible for liquid crystal formation. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy showed that chiral 5'DSCG-diviols form assemblies with crossings. Interestingly, only planar alignment of the chiral nematic phase was observed in liquid crystal cells with thin spacers. The homeotropic alignment that permitted a fingerprint texture was obtained only when the thickness of the liquid crystal cell was increase to above ~500 μm. These studies suggest that hydrated assemblies of chiral 5'DSCG-diviol can interact with each other across a 6 nm separation in an aqueous environment by having a twist angle of about 0.22° throughout the sample between the neighboring assemblies. PMID:23688325

  6. Electrolyte effects on the chiral induction and on its temperature dependence in a chiral nematic lyotropic liquid crystal.

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    Dawin, Ute C; Osipov, Mikhail A; Giesselmann, Frank

    2010-08-19

    We present a study on the effect of added CsCl and of temperature variation on the chiral induction in a chiral nematic lyotropic liquid crystal (LC) composed of the surfactant cesium perfluorooctanoate (CsPFO), water, and the chiral dopant d-Leucine (d-Leu). The chiral induction was measured as the helical pitch P. The role of the additives CsCl and d-Leu on the phase behavior is investigated and discussed. The thermal stabilization effect of CsCl is shown to lead to an apparent salt effect on the pitch when the pitch is compared at a constant temperature. This apparent effect is removed by comparing the pitch measured for different salt concentrations at a temperature relative to the phase-transition temperatures; thus, the real salt effect on the pitch is described. High salt concentrations are shown to increase the pitch, that is, hinder the chiral induction. The effect is discussed in terms of a decreased solubilization of the amphiphilic chiral solute d-Leu in the micelles due to the salt-induced screening of the surfactant head groups and the consequential denser packing of the surfactants. The temperature variation of the pitch is investigated for all CsCl concentrations and is found to be essentially independent of the salt concentration. The temperature variation is analyzed and discussed in the context of a theoretical model taking into account specific properties of lyotropic liquid crystals. A hyperbolic decrease of the pitch is found with increasing temperature, which is known, from thermotropic liquid crystals, to stem from pretransitional critical fluctuations close to the lamellar phase. However, the experimental data confirmed the theoretical prediction that, at high temperature, that is, far away from the transition into the lamellar phase, the pitch is characterized by a linear temperature dependence which is determined by a combination of steric and dispersion chiral interactions. The parameters of the theoretical expression for the pitch have

  7. Thermodynamics and 2H NMR study on the insertion of small quinones into a discotic nematic lyotropic liquid crystal.

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    Bahamonde-Padilla, Víctor Eduardo; López-Cascales, José Javier; Araya-Maturana, Ramiro; Martínez-Cifuentes, Maximiliano; Weiss López, Boris Enrique

    2014-05-19

    A detailed description of the distribution, interaction, and dynamics of molecules with biological activity dissolved in a hydrophobic bilayer, a simple model of a biological membrane, provides valuable information for a better understanding of drug functioning, which can be very useful in drug design. Here we present an (2)H NMR and molecular dynamics study on the insertion, distribution, interactions, and thermodynamics of two biologically active molecules, 9,10-dihydroxy-4,4-dimethyl-1,4,5,8-tetrahydroanthracen-1-one (HQ), with anticancer activity, and 4,4-dimethyl-1,4,5,8,9,10-hexahydroanthracen-1,9,10-trione (Q) a fungicide, dissolved in a nematic discotic lyotropic liquid crystal (ndllc) composed of sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS), decanol (DecOH) and Na2 SO4 in water. (2)H NMR quadrupole splittings (ΔνQ ) and longitudinal relaxation times (T1) from HQ-d6, Q-d4, DecOH-α-d2, partially deuterated water, and SDS-d25 were measured and several molecular dynamics trajectories were also calculated. In particular, ΔG, ΔH, and ΔS profiles for the process of both molecules crossing the bilayer were estimated. It was evidenced that the insertion of both molecules into the aggregate is a spontaneous process, and the molecules are mainly distributed in the internal side of the interface. Addition of HQ or Q decreased the mobility of all aggregate components, but this effect was more pronounced for HQ. The rotational correlation time of Q allowed an estimate of 5.3 cP for the microviscosity inside the ndllc aggregate, in the order of previously measured values in similar environments. Both guest molecules display similar free-energy profiles for the process of crossing the bilayer, with a calculated barrier height of 25 and 36 kJ mol(-1) for HQ and Q, respectively.

  8. Gelled Lyotropic Liquid Crystals.

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    Xu, Yang; Laupheimer, Michaela; Preisig, Natalie; Sottmann, Thomas; Schmidt, Claudia; Stubenrauch, Cosima

    2015-08-11

    In our previous work we were able to prove that gelled bicontinuous microemulsions are a novel type of orthogonal self-assembled system. The study at hand aims at complementing our previous work by answering the question of whether gelled lyotropic liquid crystals are also orthogonal self-assembled systems. For this purpose we studied the same system, namely, water-n-decane/12-hydroxyoctadecanoic acid (12-HOA)-n-decyl tetraoxyethylene glycol ether (C10E4). The phase boundaries of the nongelled and the gelled lyotropic liquid crystals were determined visually and with (2)H NMR spectroscopy. Oscillating shear measurements revealed that the absolute values of the storage and loss moduli of the gelled liquid crystalline (LC) phases do not differ very much from those of the binary organogel. While both the phase behavior and the rheological properties of the LC phases support the hypothesis that gelled lyotropic liquid crystals are orthogonal self-assembled systems, freeze-fracture electron microscopy (FFEM) seems to indicate an influence of the gel network on the structure of the Lα phase and vice versa.

  9. X-ray studies of the surface and bulk structure of the isotropic and nematic phase of a lyotropic liquid crystal

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    Swislow, G.; Schwartz, D.; Ocko, B.M.; Pershan, P.S. ); Litster, J.D. )

    1991-06-15

    We have used x-ray specular reflection to study the structure of the air--liquid-crystal interface of the lyotropic liquid crystal formed from binary mixtures of cesium perfluoro-octanoate (CsPFO) and water. In the isotropic phase the surface is coated with a monolayer of CsPFO separated by layers of water from one or more smectic bilayers of CsPFO. As for the case of thermotropic liquid crystals, the isotropic-to-nematic phase transition has no effect on the surface structure, and as the temperature is lowered towards the nematic--to--smectic-{ital A} transition temperature, the number of surface-induced smectic layers increases dramatically (e.g., approximately 100 layers were observed). Theoretical modeling of the reflectivity excludes the possibility that the surface bilayers are arrays of micelles. X-ray scattering from critical smectic short-range order in the bulk, studied by tuning the spectrometer away from the specular condition, indicates that the scattering is fundamentally different from short-range smectic order in thermotropic systems.

  10. Orientation and dynamics of benzyl alcohol and benzyl alkyl ethers dissolved in nematic lyotropic liquid crystals. 2H NMR and molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Ahumada, H; Montecinos, R; Tieleman, D P; Weiss-López, B E

    2005-08-01

    Most drugs have to cross cell membranes to reach their final target. A better understanding of the distribution, interactions, and dynamics of biologically active molecules in model bilayers is of fundamental importance in understanding drug functioning and design. 2H NMR quadrupole splittings (delta nu(Q)) and longitudinal relaxation times (T1) from the aromatic ring of benzyl alcohol-d5 (C0), a commonly used anesthetic, and a series of linear alkyl benzyl-d5 ethers with chain lengths from 1 to 12 carbon atoms (C1-C12), were measured. The molecules were dissolved in a nematic discotic lyotropic liquid crystal solution made of tetradecyltrimethylammonium chloride (TTAC)/decanol (DeOH)/NaCl/H2O. Values of delta nu(Q) and T1 from 1,1-dideuteriodecanol (15% enriched) and DHO (H2O with 0.2% D2O) were also measured. Delta nu(Q) of DeOH and DHO remained constant throughout the series. The value of delta nu(Q) of the para position of the ring (delta nu(p)) in C1 is 30% smaller than the delta nu(p) of C0. This is attributed to the existence of an H-bond between the alcohol hydroxyl proton and the solvent, which influences the average orientation of the ring. The relaxation data show that T1o,m is always longer than T1p and both decrease with the increase in alkyl chain length. Molecular dynamics simulations of the experimentally studied systems were performed. The aggregate was represented as a bilayer. The distribution, average orientation, and order parameters of the aromatic ring of the guest molecules in the bilayer were examined. Rotational correlation functions of all the C-D bonds and the OH bond from H2O were evaluated, allowing an estimate of the correlation times and T1. According to these results all spins relax in extreme narrowing conditions, except DeOH. Experimental and calculated T1 values differ at most by a factor of 3. However, the order of magnitude and the observed trends are well reproduced by the calculations. The aromatic ring of C0 possesses a

  11. Homeotropic alignment of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals using noncovalent interactions.

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    Jeong, Joonwoo; Han, Ganghee; Johnson, A T Charlie; Collings, Peter J; Lubensky, Tom C; Yodh, Arjun G

    2014-03-18

    We report on the homeotropic alignment of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs). Homeotropic anchoring of LCLCs is difficult to achieve, and this challenge has limited development of applications for LCLCs. In this work, homeotropic alignment is achieved using noncovalent interactions between the LCLC molecules and various alignment layers including graphene, parylene films, poly(methyl methacrylate) films, and fluoropolymer films. The LCLC molecules are unique in that they self-assemble via noncovalent interactions in water into elongated aggregates which, in turn, form nematic and columnar liquid crystal (LC) phases. Here we exploit these same noncovalent interactions to induce homeotropic anchoring of the nematic LCLC. Homeotropic alignment is confirmed by polarized optical microscopy and conoscopy. We also report on novel transient stripe textures that occur when an initial flow-induced planar alignment transforms into the equilibrium homeotropic alignment required by boundary conditions. An understanding of this behavior could be important for switching applications. PMID:24559290

  12. Liquid crystalline thermotropic and lyotropic nanohybrids

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    Saliba, Sarmenio; Mingotaud, Christophe; Kahn, Myrtil L.; Marty, Jean-Daniel

    2013-07-01

    This review is meant to give the reader an insight into hybrids incorporating different types of nanoparticles, e.g. metallic or metal oxides, within different types of lyotropic and thermotropic liquid crystals, from relatively small calamitic molecules to the larger discotics and polymers. In particular, this review highlights the importance of nanoparticle-liquid crystal interactions in accessing hybrid materials that exhibit synergetic properties.

  13. /sup 2/H nuclear magnetic resonance of exchange-labeled gramicidin in an oriented lyotropic nematic phase

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    Davis, J.H.

    1988-01-12

    Lyotropic nematic liquid-crystalline phases, such as that formed by potassium laurate/decanol/KCl/water, are found to accept readily large amphiphilic solute molecules. Since these phases spontaneously orient in high magnetic fields, it becomes possible to obtain NMR spectra of biologically interesting solutes in an oriented axially symmetric environment. The amide hydrogens of the peptide backbone of gramicidin D (Dubos) were exchanged for deuterium, and the gramicidin was incorporated into a lyotropic nematic phase made with deuteriated buffer in place of water. /sup 2/H NMR spectra of oriented, exchange-labeled gramicidin were then obtained. The strong water signal from the deuteriated buffer was eliminated by using selective excitation and a polynomial subtraction procedure. The /sup 2/H NMR spectra at high temperature consist of twelve major quadrupolar doublets. The splittings observed are largely independent of temperature, suggesting a highly rigid backbone structure. Two of the doublets, which are chemically shifted relative to the others, show stronger temperature dependence. These two probably arise from the exchangeable amino hydrogens on the tryptophan indole moieties of the peptide. While we cannot yet assign all of the doublets, the spectra and nuclear magnetic relaxation data are consistent with a rigid slightly distorted ..beta../sub LD//sup 6.3/ helix undergoing axially symmetric reorientation about the director of the liquid-crystalline phase. The correlation time for the axially symmetric reorientation is determined by relaxation measurements to be about 10/sup -7/s.

  14. Identification of nematic lymoesophases with discotic and cylindrical micelles in lyotropic amphiphilic systems

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    Kiirend, E. O. Chumakova, S. P.; Pehk, T. I.

    2007-02-15

    Nematic lyomesophases with discotic (N{sub D}) and cylindrical (N{sub C}) micelles in complex multicomponent lyotropic systems based on alkyltrimethylammonium bromide detergents have been identified by the {sup 1}H-{sup 2}H-, and {sup 13}C-NMR methods and polarizationoptical microscopy. The difference in the structures of the N{sub D} and N{sub C} nematic phases is especially pronounced in the {sup 13}C-NMR spectra. Addition of chiral dopants to the lyomixture facilitates formation of the Ch{sub D} and Ch{sub C} cholesteric phases. According to the {sup 13}C-NMR spectra, the micellar mobility in the cholesteric lyomesophases decreases in comparison with the nematic ones. The alignment of lyocholesterics under the action of an external magnetic field is found.

  15. Adding Mono- and Multivalent Ions to Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals

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    Tortora, Luana; Park, Heung-Shik; Antion, Kelly; Woolwerton, Chris; Finotello, Daniele; Lavrentovich, Oleg

    2006-03-01

    Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals (LCLCs) are a distinct class of liquid crystals formed in aqueous solutions by molecules with rigid polyaromatic cores and ionic groups at the periphery [1-4]. The phase diagrams of these materials should depend on entropic factors (as in the Onsager model) and electrostatic interactions. Using optical polarizing microscopy, we studied the effects of mono- and multivalent ions on the phase diagrams of Blue 27 [3] and Sunset Yellow [2]. The monovalent ions change the temperatures of phase transitions, as described in [4], while the effect of multivalent ions is more dramatic and, in addition to the changed temperatures of phase transitions by tens of degrees, it often involves condensation of LCLC aggregates into domains with birefringence much higher than that in a normal nematic phase. Work supported by OBR B-7844. [1]J. Lydon, Current Opin. Colloid & Interface Sci. 3, 458 (1998);8, 480-489 (2004); [2]V. R. Horowitz, L. A. Janowitz, A. L. Modic, P. J. Heiney, and P. J. Collings, 2005, Phys. Rew. E 72, 041710; [3]Yu. A. Nastishin, H. Liu, T. Schneider, T., V. Nazarenko, R. Vasyuta, S. V. Shiyanovskii, and O. D. Lavrentovich, 2005, Phys. Rev. E 72, 041711; [4]A.F. Kostko, B. H. Cipriano, O. A. Pinchuk, L. Ziserman, M. A. Anisimov, D. Danino, and S. R. Raghavan. J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 19126-19133 (2005)

  16. Phase states and thermomorphologic, thermotropic, and magnetomorphologic properties of lyotropic mesophases: Sodium lauryl sulphate-water-1-decanol liquid-crystalline system

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    Özden, Pınar; Nesrullajev, Arif; Oktik, Şener

    2010-12-01

    Phase states in sodium lauryl sulphate-water-1-decanol lyotropic liquid-crystalline system have been investigated for different temperature ranges. The dependence of triangle phase diagram types, phase boundaries, and sequence of lyotropic mesophases vs temperature has been found. The thermomorphologic, thermotropic, and magnetomorphologic properties of hexagonal E, lamellar D, nematic-calamitic NC , nematic-discotic ND , and biaxial nematic Nbx mesophases have been studied in detail. Dynamics of transformations of magnetically induced textures has been investigated. Peculiarities of typical and magnetically induced textures have been investigated in detail. Triangle phase diagrams of sodium lauryl sulphate-water-1-decanol lyotropic liquid-crystalline system for different temperatures and typical and magnetically induced textures of E, D, NC , ND , and Nbx mesophases are presented.

  17. Elasticity of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal Sunset Yellow probed by magnetic Frederiks transition

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    Zhou, Shuang; Nastishin, Yu. A.; Omelchenko, M. M.; Tortora, L.; Nazarenko, V. G.; Boiko, O. P.; Ostapenko, T.; Sprunt, S. N.; Gleeson, J. T.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2012-02-01

    By using director reorientation in the magnetic field, we determine the concentration and temperature dependencies of the splay K1, twist K2, and bend K3 elastic constants (normalized by the anisotropy of the diamagnetic susceptibility) for a nematic lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal (LCLC) Sunset Yellow. In a sharp contrast to thermotropic liquid crystals, the Frederiks effects in LCLC show a hysteresis, which is more pronounced at high concentration and low temperatures. We attribute the hysteresis to the changes in self-assembled structure of LCLC aggregates under the influence of field-imposed deformations.

  18. New Lyotropic Liquid Crystals Based on Surfactants

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    Honciuc, Maria; Borlescu, C.; Popa, Carmen

    We presented here the phase diagrams and the influence of the external electric field on the lyotropic liquid crystal phase (LLC) for some binary and pseudoternary systems based on surfactants. Binary systems are of the type surfactant/water (S/W) and the pseudoternary systems are of the type surfactant/oil/water (S/O/W). Two surfactants have been used: the lauryl alcohol ethoxilated with 11 molecules of ethylene oxide (LA11EO), which is a nonionic compound, and a mixture of LA11EO with the cationic surfactant named alkyl C12-C14-dimethyl-benzyl ammonium chloride. Based on these two types of surfactants, pseudoternary systems were prepared. Pine oil has been used as the oil. The region where the LLC phase appears depends on the concentration of the surfactant and that of the pine oil, respectively. It is strongly influenced by the nature of the surfactant and by the presence of the pine oil for the same type of surfactant. The influence of the external electric field, investigated by measuring the electric current appearing in the samples for different concentrations of surfactant and pine oil was found to be more important in the case of the systems based on the nonionic-cationic mixture of surfactants. The results are discussed in terms of a theoretical model based on the local thermal equilibrium approach for systems running nonstatic processes.

  19. Thermotropic and lyotropic behaviour of new liquid-crystalline materials with different hydrophilic groups: synthesis and mesomorphic properties

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    Kašpar, Miroslav; Hamplová, Věra; Dawin, Ute; Giesselmann, Frank

    2013-01-01

    Summary Several new calamitic liquid-crystalline (LC) materials with flexible hydrophilic chains, namely either hydroxy groups or ethylene glycol units, or both types together, have been synthesized in order to look for new functional LC materials exhibiting both, thermotropic and lyotropic behaviour. Such materials are of high potential interest for challenging issues such as the self-organization of carbon nanotubes or various nanoparticles. Thermotropic mesomorphic properties have been studied by using polarizing optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray scattering. Four of these nonchiral and chiral materials exhibit nematic and chiral nematic phases, respectively. For some molecular structures, smectic phases have also been detected. A contact sample of one of the prepared compounds with diethylene glycol clearly shows the lyotropic behaviour; namely a lamellar phase was observed. The relationship between the molecular structure and mesomorphic properties of these new LCs with hydrophilic chains is discussed. PMID:23504455

  20. Phase and Topological Behavior of Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals in Double Emulsions

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    Davidson, Zoey S.; Jeong, Joonwoo; Tu, Fuquan; Lohr, Matt; Lee, Daeyeon; Collings, Peter J.; Lubensky, Tom C.; Yodh, A. G.

    2013-03-01

    Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals, assembled by non-covalent interactions, have fascinating temperature- and concentration-dependent phase behavior. Using water-oil-water double emulsions, we are able control the inner droplet chromonic phase concentration by osmosis through the oil phase. We then study the configurations of the chromonic liquid crystal phases in droplets by varying the oil types, oil soluble surfactants, and inner droplet diameter. We employ polarization microscopy to observe resulting nematic and columnar phases of Sunset Yellow FCF, and we deduce the liquid crystal configuration of both phases within the droplets. Simulations based on Jones matrices confirm droplet appearance, and preliminary observations of chromonic liquid crystal shells in oil-water-oil double emulsions are reported. Supported by UPenn MRSEC DMR 11-20901 and NSF DMR 12-05463

  1. Escaped-radial configuration with a twist: lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals confined to cylindrical cavities

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    Jeong, Joonwoo; Kang, Louis; Davidson, Zoey S.; Lohr, Matthew; Beller, Daniel A.; Kamien, Randall D.; Lubensky, Tom C.; Yodh, A. G.; Collings, Peter J.

    2014-03-01

    We report new chiral-symmetry-broken configurations of nematic liquid crystals (LCs) confined to cylindrical cavities with a homeotropic boundary condition. In order to relieve high splay deformation in the center of the cylinder with the homeotropic boundary condition, many nematic LCs adopt an escaped-radial configuration where LC directors are radial near the cavity wall but parallel to the cylindrical axis near the center. Interestingly, we find that achiral lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) having an unusually small twist modulus can have a configuration that is both escaped and twisted radially. Sunset Yellow FCF, a nematic LCLC, is introduced into capillaries coated with a homeotropic alignment layer, and its configurations are investigated by polarized optical microscopy and numerical calculations. Additionally, we discuss other newly observed structures: 1) domain-wall-like defects separating regions of opposite handedness in the twisted- and escaped-radial configuration and 2) another chiral configuration having a double helix of disclination lines along the cylindrical axis. We acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation: DGE-1321851, DMR-1104707, DMR-1205463, and MRSEC DMR-1120901.

  2. Spontaneous emergence of chirality in achiral lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals confined to cylinders

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    Nayani, Karthik; Chang, Rui; Fu, Jinxin; Ellis, Perry W.; Fernandez-Nieves, Alberto; Park, Jung Ok; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2015-01-01

    The presumed ground state of a nematic fluid confined in a cylindrical geometry with planar anchoring corresponds to that of an axial configuration, wherein the director, free of deformations, is along the long axis of the cylinder. However, upon confinement of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals in cylindrical geometries, here we uncover a surprising ground state corresponding to a doubly twisted director configuration. The stability of this ground state, which involves significant director deformations, can be rationalized by the saddle-splay contribution to the free energy. We show that sufficient anisotropy in the elastic constants drives the transition from a deformation-free ground state to a doubly twisted structure, and results in spontaneous symmetry breaking with equal probability for either handedness. Enabled by the twist angle measurements of the spontaneous twist, we determine the saddle-splay elastic constant for chromonic liquid crystals for the first time. PMID:26287517

  3. Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals: From viscoelastic properties to living liquid crystals

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    Zhou, Shuang

    Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal (LCLC) represents a broad range of molecules, from organic dyes and drugs to DNA, that self-assemble into linear aggregates in water through face-to-face stacking. These linear aggregates of high aspect ratio are capable of orientational order, forming, for example nematic phase. Since the microscopic properties (such as length) of the chromonic aggregates are results of subtle balance between energy and entropy, the macroscopic viscoelastic properties of the nematic media are sensitive to change of external factors. In the first part of this thesis, by using dynamic light scattering and magnetic Frederiks transition techniques, we study the Frank elastic moduli and viscosity coefficients of LCLC disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) and sunset yellow (SSY) as functions of concentration c , temperature T and ionic contents. The elastic moduli of splay (K1) and bend (K3) are in the order of 10pN, about 10 times larger than the twist modulus (K2). The splay modulus K1 and the ratio K1/K3 both increase substantially as T decreases or c increases, which we attribute to the elongation of linear aggregates at lower T or higher c . The bend viscosity is comparable to that of thermotropic liquid crystals, while the splay and twist viscosities are several orders of magnitude larger, changing exponentially with T . Additional ionic additives into the system influence the viscoelastic properties of these systems in a dramatic and versatile way. For example, monovalent salt NaCl decreases bend modulus K3 and increases twist viscosity, while an elevated pH decreases all the parameters. We attribute these features to the ion-induced changes in length and flexibility of building units of LCLC, the chromonic aggregates, a property not found in conventional thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals form by covalently bound units of fixed length. The second part of the thesis studies a new active bio-mechanical hybrid system called living liquid crystal

  4. Real-time microbe detection based on director distortions around growing immune complexes in lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals.

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    Shiyanovskii, S V; Schneider, T; Smalyukh, I I; Ishikawa, T; Niehaus, G D; Doane, K J; Woolverton, C J; Lavrentovich, O D

    2005-02-01

    We describe director distortions in the nematic liquid crystal (LC) caused by a spherical particle with tangential surface orientation of the director and show that light transmittance through the distorted region is a steep function of the particle's size. The effect allows us to propose a real-time microbial sensor based on a nontoxic lyotropic chromonic LC (LCLC) that detects and amplifies the presence of immune complexes. A cassette is filled with LCLC, antibody, and antigen-bearing particles. Small and isolated particles cause no macroscopic distortions of the LCLC. Upon antibody-antigen binding, the growing immune complexes distort the director and cause detectable optical transmittance between crossed polarizers.

  5. Supramolecular enantiodifferentiating photoisomerization of (Z)-cyclooctene in lyotropic and thermotropic liquid crystals.

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    Xiao, Debao; Wada, Takehiko; Inoue, Yoshihisa

    2009-01-01

    In order to understand the roles of moderately organized media and the factors controlling the chirality transfer in supramolecular photochirogenesis, enantiodifferentiating photoisomerization of (Z)-cyclooctene to the chiral (E)-isomer (1E) has been performed for the first time in liquid crystal (LC) systems such as lyotropic LCs of poly(gamma-benzyl-L-glutamate) (PBLG), difluorobenzene derivatives mixture, and thermotropic cholesteryl oleyl carbonate LCs. Basically, the as-employed LCs provided small enantiomer excess (<5%). It is interesting that lyotropic PBLG LCs give contrasting results in cholesteric and nematic mesophases, revealing the importance of the relevant mesophase structure of LC. Selective excitation in achiral difluorobenzene LC doped with a chiral sensitizer facilitates us to conclude that the LC's chiral spatial arrangement is not sufficient or suitable to induce appreciable enantiomeric excess (ee) in the product, but the existence of molecular chirality (of a chiral sensitizer) is essential to afford an optically active (nonracemic) product at least in the present photosensitization system. The photosensitizations in thermotropic LCs further reveal that the product's ee can be manipulated by the LC mesophase not directly but through the sensitizer's conformational changes induced by the supramolecular interactions with the surrounding LC structure.

  6. Electro-osmosis in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Tovkach, O M; Calderer, M Carme; Golovaty, Dmitry; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Walkington, Noel J

    2016-07-01

    We derive a mathematical model of a nematic electrolyte based on a variational formulation of nematodynamics. We verify the model by comparing its predictions to the results of the experiments on the substrate-controlled liquid-crystal-enabled electrokinetics. In the experiments, a nematic liquid crystal confined to a thin planar cell with surface-patterned anchoring conditions exhibits electro-osmotic flows along the "guiding rails" imposed by the spatially varying director. Extending our previous work, we consider a general setup which incorporates dielectric anisotropy of the liquid-crystalline matrix and the full set of nematic viscosities.

  7. Electro-osmosis in nematic liquid crystals

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    Tovkach, O. M.; Calderer, M. Carme; Golovaty, Dmitry; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Walkington, Noel J.

    2016-07-01

    We derive a mathematical model of a nematic electrolyte based on a variational formulation of nematodynamics. We verify the model by comparing its predictions to the results of the experiments on the substrate-controlled liquid-crystal-enabled electrokinetics. In the experiments, a nematic liquid crystal confined to a thin planar cell with surface-patterned anchoring conditions exhibits electro-osmotic flows along the "guiding rails" imposed by the spatially varying director. Extending our previous work, we consider a general setup which incorporates dielectric anisotropy of the liquid-crystalline matrix and the full set of nematic viscosities.

  8. Electro-osmosis in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Tovkach, O M; Calderer, M Carme; Golovaty, Dmitry; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Walkington, Noel J

    2016-07-01

    We derive a mathematical model of a nematic electrolyte based on a variational formulation of nematodynamics. We verify the model by comparing its predictions to the results of the experiments on the substrate-controlled liquid-crystal-enabled electrokinetics. In the experiments, a nematic liquid crystal confined to a thin planar cell with surface-patterned anchoring conditions exhibits electro-osmotic flows along the "guiding rails" imposed by the spatially varying director. Extending our previous work, we consider a general setup which incorporates dielectric anisotropy of the liquid-crystalline matrix and the full set of nematic viscosities. PMID:27575193

  9. Cholesteric and nematic liquid crystalline phase behavior of double-stranded DNA stabilized single-walled carbon nanotube dispersions.

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    Ao, Geyou; Nepal, Dhriti; Aono, Michelle; Davis, Virginia A

    2011-02-22

    The first lyotropic cholesteric single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) liquid crystal phase was obtained by dispersing SWNTs in an aqueous solution of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). Depending on the dispersion methodology, the polydomain nematic phase previously reported for other lyotropic carbon nanotube dispersions could also be obtained. The phase behavior and dispersion microstructure were affected by the relative concentrations of dsDNA and SWNT and whether small bundles were removed prior to concentrating the dispersions. This readily controlled phase behavior opens new routes for producing SWNT films with controlled morphology.

  10. Interaction between lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals and polymers

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    Yao, Xuxia; Park, Jung; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2010-03-01

    Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) consist of various dyes, drugs, etc., so their importance is self-evident. The interaction of chromonic molecules and polymers is involved in their real applications, such as the dyeing process of fibers, textiles and food, and the functionalization of drugs in vivo. In our research, polymer dispersed LCLC droplets and polymer coated LCLC cells have been fabricated. Effect of interaction was observed by optical texture of LCLCs, as the different polymers induce different director configuration of LCLCs. A textile dye-Benzopurpurine 4B, food dye-Sunset Yellow FCF, and drug-Disodium Cromoglycate mixed with water soluble polymers, proteins and textile polymers have been all studied and compared.

  11. Chirality Amplification in Tactoids of Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals

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    Peng, Chenhui; Lavrentovich, Oleg

    2014-03-01

    We demonstrate an effective chirality amplification based on the long-range forces, extending over the scales of tens of micrometers, much larger than the single molecule (nanometer) scale. The mechanism is rooted in the long-range elastic nature of orientational order in lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) that represent water solutions of achiral disc-like molecules. Minute quantities of chiral molecules such as amino acid L-alanine and limonene added to the droplets of LCLC lead to chiral amplification characterized by an increase of optical activity by a factor of 103 - 104. This effect allows one to discriminate and detect the absolute configuration of chiral molecules in an aqueous system, thus opening new possibilities in biosensing and other biological applications.

  12. Dispersive shock waves in nematic liquid crystals

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    Smyth, Noel F.

    2016-10-01

    The propagation of coherent light with an initial step intensity profile in a nematic liquid crystal is studied using modulation theory. The propagation of light in a nematic liquid crystal is governed by a coupled system consisting of a nonlinear Schrödinger equation for the light beam and an elliptic equation for the medium response. In general, the intensity step breaks up into a dispersive shock wave, or undular bore, and an expansion fan. In the experimental parameter regime for which the nematic response is highly nonlocal, this nematic bore is found to differ substantially from the standard defocusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation structure due to the effect of the nonlocality of the nematic medium. It is found that the undular bore is of Korteweg-de Vries equation-type, consisting of bright waves, rather than of nonlinear Schrödinger equation-type, consisting of dark waves. In addition, ahead of this Korteweg-de Vries bore there can be a uniform wavetrain with a short front which brings the solution down to the initial level ahead. It is found that this uniform wavetrain does not exist if the initial jump is below a critical value. Analytical solutions for the various parts of the nematic bore are found, with emphasis on the role of the nonlocality of the nematic medium in shaping this structure. Excellent agreement between full numerical solutions of the governing nematicon equations and these analytical solutions is found.

  13. Chirality amplification and detection by tactoids of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals.

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    Peng, Chenhui; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2015-10-01

    Detection of chiral molecules requires amplification of chirality to measurable levels. Typically, amplification mechanisms are considered at the microscopic scales of individual molecules and their aggregates. Here we demonstrate chirality amplification and visualization of structural handedness in water solutions of organic molecules that extends over the scale of many micrometers. The mechanism is rooted in the long-range elastic nature of orientational order in lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) formed in water solutions of achiral disc-like molecules. The nematic LCLC coexists with its isotropic counterpart, forming elongated tactoids; the spatial confinement causes a structural twist even when the material is nonchiral. Minute quantities of chiral molecules such as the amino acid l-alanine and limonene transform the racemic array of left- and right-twisted tactoids into a homochiral set. The left and right chiral enantiomers are readily distinguished from each other as the induced structural handedness is visualized through a simple polarizing microscope observation. The effect is important for developing our understanding of chirality amplification mechanisms; it also might open up new possibilities in biosensing. PMID:26238525

  14. Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals as materials for optical and biosensing applications

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    Tortora, L.; Park, H.-S.; Antion, K.; Finotello, D.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2007-02-01

    Lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) are formed by molecules with rigid polyaromatic cores and ionic groups at the periphery that form aggregates while in water. Most of the LCLCs are not toxic to the biological cells and can be used as an amplifying medium in real-time biosensors. The detector is based on the principle that the immune aggregates growing in the LCLC bulk trigger the director distortions. Self-assembly of LCLC molecules into oriented structures allows one to use them in various structured films. For example, layer-by-layer electrostatic deposition produces monomolecular layers and stacks of layers of LCLC with long-range in-plane orientational order which sets them apart from the standard Langmuir-Blodgett films. We demonstrate that divalent and multivalent salts as well as acidic and basic materials that alter pH of the LCLC water solutions, are drastically modifying the phase diagrams of LCLC, from shifting the phase transition temperatures by tens of degrees, to causing condensation of the LCLC aggregates into more compact structures, such as birefringent bundles or formation of a columnar hexagonal phase from the nematic phase.

  15. Hexagonal Lyotropic Liquid Crystal from Simple “Abiotic” Foldamers

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    Chen, Yu; Zhao, Zhiqiang; Jin, Rizhe; Kang, Chuanqing; Qiu, Xuepeng; Guo, Haiquan; Du, Zhijun; Gao, Lianxun

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The motivation of foldamer chemistry is to identify novel building blocks that have the potential to imitate natural species. Peptides and peptide mimetics can form stable helical conformations and further self‐assemble into diverse aggregates in water, where it is difficult to isolate a single helix. In contrast, most “abiotic” foldamers may fold into helical structures in solution, but are difficult to assemble into tertiary ones. It remains a challenge to obtain “abiotic” species similar to peptides. In this paper, a novel foldamer scaffold, in which p‐phenyleneethynylene units are linked by chiral carbon atoms, was designed and prepared. In very dilute solutions, these oligomers were random coils. The hexamer and octamers could form a hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystal (LC) in CH2Cl2 when the concentrations reached the critical values. The microscopic observations indicated that they could assemble into the nanofibers in the LC. Interestingly, after some LC phases were diluted at room temperature, the nanofibers could be preserved. The good stabilities of the assemblies are possibly attributed to a more compact backbone and more rigid side chains. PMID:27547649

  16. Hexagonal Lyotropic Liquid Crystal from Simple "Abiotic" Foldamers.

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    Chen, Yu; Zhao, Zhiqiang; Bian, Zheng; Jin, Rizhe; Kang, Chuanqing; Qiu, Xuepeng; Guo, Haiquan; Du, Zhijun; Gao, Lianxun

    2016-08-01

    The motivation of foldamer chemistry is to identify novel building blocks that have the potential to imitate natural species. Peptides and peptide mimetics can form stable helical conformations and further self-assemble into diverse aggregates in water, where it is difficult to isolate a single helix. In contrast, most "abiotic" foldamers may fold into helical structures in solution, but are difficult to assemble into tertiary ones. It remains a challenge to obtain "abiotic" species similar to peptides. In this paper, a novel foldamer scaffold, in which p-phenyleneethynylene units are linked by chiral carbon atoms, was designed and prepared. In very dilute solutions, these oligomers were random coils. The hexamer and octamers could form a hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystal (LC) in CH2Cl2 when the concentrations reached the critical values. The microscopic observations indicated that they could assemble into the nanofibers in the LC. Interestingly, after some LC phases were diluted at room temperature, the nanofibers could be preserved. The good stabilities of the assemblies are possibly attributed to a more compact backbone and more rigid side chains. PMID:27547649

  17. Secondary and lyotropic liquid crystal membranes for improved aqueous separations

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    Nemade, Parag Ramesh

    An effective membrane separation process should have high flux (i.e., volume filtered per unit membrane surface area per unit time) and selectivity (i.e., passage of the desired species and rejection of undesired species). This dissertation examined two approaches, secondary membranes and lyotropic liquid crystal membranes, for improving flux and selectivity in aqueous liquid separations. The first part of my work emphasizes the use of pre-deposited secondary membranes and backflushing for controlling membrane fouling in microfiltration and ultrafiltration of biological mixtures. Use of secondary membranes increased the permeate flux in microfiltration by several fold. Protein transmission is also enhanced due to the presence of the secondary membrane, and the amount of protein recovered is more than twice that obtained during filtration of protein-only solutions under otherwise identical conditions. In ultrafiltration, the flux enhancement due to secondary membranes is 50%, or less. For the second part of my research, I developed and evaluated polymerized lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) thin-film composite membranes. LLC assemblies provide an opportunity to make nanoporous polymer membranes with precise control over chemical and structural features on the nanometer scale, which is currently lacking in commercial reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes available today. These LLC composite membranes are prepared by photopolymerization of solution-cast films of LLC monomer on an ultrafiltration support membrane. These LLC membranes appeared to exhibit almost linearly increasing ionic rejection based on ionic diameter. LLC monomer was modified to achieve a 15% reduction in channel diameter, through the use of a larger multivalent Eu3+ cation as the carboxylate counterion. However, the monomers synthesized required use of solvents such as tetrahydrofuran, which resulted in the dissolution and damage of the support membranes used. Therefore, this direction

  18. Homeotropic alignment of the lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal Sunset Yellow FCF using pi-pi stacking chemical interactions

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    Jeong, Joonwoo; Han, Ganghee; Johnson, A. T. Charlie; Lubensky, Tom C.; Collings, Peter J.; Yodh, A. G.

    2013-03-01

    We report on the homeotropic alignment of the lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal, Sunset Yellow FCF (SSY), using pi-pi stacking interactions between the SSY molecules and (1) thin parylene films or (2) a graphene monolayer. The nematic and columnar phases of SSY molecules arise via self-assembly in water into stacks through non-covalent attractions between the SSY molecules. Interestingly, we find that the same non-covalent interactions between SSY molecules and a parylene or graphene alignment layer lead to homeotropic anchoring of these stacks. The nematic phase of SSY is introduced between two glass substrates coated with parylene films or graphene monolayers, and homeotropic alignment of SSY is confirmed by polarized optical microscopy and conoscopy. Additionally, we observe and can explain the stripe domains that occur during cooling of the sample in this cell, and we consider possible novel applications for homeotropically aligned chromonic liquid crystals. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the National Science Foundation through NSF DMR-1205463 and UPENN MRSEC DMR-1120901

  19. Elasticity of Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals Probed by Director Reorientation in a Magnetic Field

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    Zhou, Shuang; Nastishin, Yu. A.; Omelchenko, M. M.; Tortora, L.; Nazarenko, V. G.; Boiko, O. P.; Ostapenko, T.; Hu, T.; Almasan, C. C.; Sprunt, S. N.; Gleeson, J. T.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2012-07-01

    Using a magnetic Frederiks transition technique, we measure the temperature and concentration dependences of splay K1, twist K2, and bend K3 elastic constants for the lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal sunset yellow formed through noncovalent reversible aggregation of organic molecules in water. K1 and K3 are comparable to each other and are an order of magnitude higher than K2. At higher concentrations and lower temperatures, K1 and the ratios K1/K3 and K1/K2 increase, which is attributed to elongation of self-assembled lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal aggregates, a feature not found in conventional thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals formed by covalently bound units of a fixed length.

  20. Simulation of electrically controlled nematic liquid crystal Rochon prism

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    Buczkowska, M.; Derfel, G.

    2016-09-01

    Operation of an electrically controlled beam steering device based on Rochon prism made by use of nematic liquid crystal is modelled numerically. Deflection angles and angular distribution of light intensity in the deflected beam are calculated. Dynamics of the device is studied. Advantage of application of dual frequency nematic liquid crystal is demonstrated. Role of flexoelectric properties of the nematic is analyzed.

  1. Pattern formation from consistent dynamical closures of uniaxial nematic liquid crystals.

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    Híjar, Humberto; de Hoyos, Diego Marquina; Santamaría-Holek, Iván

    2012-03-21

    Pattern formation in uniaxial polymeric liquid crystals is studied for different dynamic closure approximations. Using the principles of mesoscopic non-equilibrium thermodynamics in a mean-field approach, we derive a Fokker-Planck equation for the single-particle non-homogeneous distribution function of particle orientations and the evolution equations for the second and fourth order orientational tensor parameters. Afterwards, two dynamic closure approximations are discussed, one of them considering the relaxation of the fourth order orientational parameter and leading to a novel expression for the free-energy like function in terms of the scalar order parameter. Considering the evolution equation of the density of the system and values of the interaction parameter for which isotropic and nematic phases coexist, our analysis predicts that patterns and traveling waves can be produced in lyotropic uniaxial nematics even in the absence of external driving. PMID:22443750

  2. Stochastic rotation dynamics for nematic liquid crystals

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    Lee, Kuang-Wu Mazza, Marco G.

    2015-04-28

    We introduce a new mesoscopic model for nematic liquid crystals (LCs). We extend the particle-based stochastic rotation dynamics method, which reproduces the Navier-Stokes equation, to anisotropic fluids by including a simplified Ericksen-Leslie formulation of nematodynamics. We verify the applicability of this hybrid model by studying the equilibrium isotropic-nematic phase transition and nonequilibrium problems, such as the dynamics of topological defects and the rheology of sheared LCs. Our simulation results show that this hybrid model captures many essential aspects of LC physics at the mesoscopic scale, while preserving microscopic thermal fluctuations.

  3. Electric heating effects in nematic liquid crystals

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    Yin, Y.; Shiyanovskii, S. V.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2006-07-01

    Electric heating effects in the nematic liquid crystal change the liquid crystal physical properties and dynamics. We propose a model to quantitatively describe the heating effects caused by dielectric dispersion and ionic conductivity in the nematic liquid crystals upon the application of an ac electric field. The temperature increase of the liquid crystal cell is related to the properties of the liquid crystal such as the imaginary part of the dielectric permittivity, thermal properties of the bounding plates, and the surrounding medium as well as frequency and amplitude of the electric field. To study the temperature dynamics experimentally, we use a small thermocouple inserted directly into the nematic bulk; we assure that the thermocouple does not alter the thermal behavior of the system by comparing the results to those obtained by a noncontact birefringent probing technique recently proposed by Wen and Wu [Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 231104 (2005)]. We determine how the temperature dynamics and the stationary value of the temperature increase depend on the parameters of the materials and the applied field. We used different surrounding media, from extremely good heat conductors such as aluminum cooling device to extremely poor conductor, Styrofoam; these two provide two limiting cases as compared to typical conditions of nematic cell exploitation in a laboratory or in commercial devices. The experiments confirm the theoretical predictions, namely, that the temperature rise is controlled not only by the heat transfer coefficient of the surrounding medium (as in the previous model) but also by the thickness and the thermal conductivity coefficient of the bounding plates enclosing the nematic layer. The temperature increase strongly depends on the director orientation and can change nonmonotonously with the frequency of the applied field.

  4. Molecular reorientation of a nematic liquid crystal by thermal expansion

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    Kim, Young-Ki; Senyuk, Bohdan; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2012-01-01

    A unique feature of nematic liquid crystals is orientational order of molecules that can be controlled by electromagnetic fields, surface modifications and pressure gradients. Here we demonstrate a new effect in which the orientation of nematic liquid crystal molecules is altered by thermal expansion. Thermal expansion (or contraction) causes the nematic liquid crystal to flow; the flow imposes a realigning torque on the nematic liquid crystal molecules and the optic axis. The optical and mechanical responses activated by a simple temperature change can be used in sensing, photonics, microfluidic, optofluidic and lab-on-a-chip applications as they do not require externally imposed gradients of temperature, pressure, surface realignment, nor electromagnetic fields. The effect has important ramifications for the current search of the biaxial nematic phase as the optical features of thermally induced structural changes in the uniaxial nematic liquid crystal mimic the features expected of the biaxial nematic liquid crystal. PMID:23072803

  5. Microscale locomotion in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Krieger, Madison S.; Spagnolie, Saverio E.; Powers, Thomas

    Microorganisms often encounter anisotropy, for example in mucus and biofilms. We study how anisotropy and elasticity of the ambient fluid affects the speed of a swimming microorganism with a prescribed stroke. Motivated by recent experiments on swimming bacteria in anisotropic environments, we extend a classical model for swimming microorganisms, the Taylor swimming sheet, actuated either by transverse or longitudinal traveling waves in a three-dimensional nematic liquid crystal without twist. We calculate the swimming speed and entrained volumetric flux as a function of the swimmer's stroke properties as well as the elastic and rheological properties of the liquid crystal. The behavior is quantitatively and qualitatively well-approximated by a hexatic liquid crystal except in the cases of small Ericksen number and in a nematic fluid with tumbling parameter near the transition to a flow-aligning nematic, where anisotropic effects dominate. We also propose a novel method of swimming or pumping in a nematic fluid by passing a traveling wave of director oscillation along a rigid wall.

  6. PH-Induced Nanosegregation of Ritonavir to Lyotropic Liquid Crystal of Higher Solubility Than Crystalline Polymorphs

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    Rodriguez-Spong, B.; Acciacca, A.; Fleisher, D.; Rodriguez-Hornedo, N.

    2009-05-27

    Birefringent spherical vesicles of ritonavir (RTV) are formed by increasing the pH of aqueous solutions from 1 to 3 or to 7 and by addition of water to ethanol solutions at room temperature. Increasing the pH creates supersaturation levels of 30--400. Upon this change in pH, the solutions become translucent, implying that some kind of RTV assembly was formed. Small spherical vesicles of narrow size distribution are detectable only after a few hours by optical microscopy. The vesicles show similar X-ray diffraction patterns and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) behavior to amorphous RTV prepared by melt-quenching crystalline RTV. Examination by polarized optical microscopy suggests that these are lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) assemblies. Small-angle X-ray scattering and synchrotron X-ray diffraction further support the presence of orientational order that is associated with a nematic structure. RTV self-organizes into various phases as a result of the supersaturation created in aqueous solutions. The LLC vesicles do not fuse but slowly transform to the polymorphs of RTV (in days), Form I and finally Form II. Amorphous RTV in aqueous suspension also undergoes a transformation to a mesophase of similar morphology. Transformation pathways are consistent with measured dissolution rates and solubilities: amorphous > LLC >> Form I > Form II. The dissolution and solubility of LLC is slightly lower than that of the amorphous phase and about 20 times higher than that of Form II. RTV also self-assembles at the air/water interface as indicated by the decrease in surface tension of aqueous solutions. This behavior is similar to that of amphiphilic molecules that induce LLC formation.

  7. Continuous Rotation of Achiral Nematic Liquid Crystal Droplets Driven by Heat Flux.

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    Ignés-Mullol, Jordi; Poy, Guilhem; Oswald, Patrick

    2016-07-29

    Suspended droplets of cholesteric (chiral nematic) liquid crystals spontaneously rotate in the presence of a heat flux due to a temperature gradient, a phenomenon known as the Lehmann effect. So far, it is not clear whether this effect is due to the chirality of the phase and the molecules or only to the chirality of the director field. Here, we report the continuous rotation in a temperature gradient of nematic droplets of a lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal featuring a twisted bipolar configuration. The achiral nature of the molecular components leads to a random handedness of the spontaneous twist, resulting in the coexistence of droplets rotating in the two senses, with speeds proportional to the temperature gradient and inversely proportional to the droplet radius. This result shows that a macroscopic twist of the director field is sufficient to induce a rotation of the droplets, and that the phase and the molecules do not need to be chiral. This suggests that one can also explain the Lehmann rotation in cholesteric liquid crystals without introducing the Leslie thermomechanical coupling-only present in chiral mesophases. An explanation based on the Akopyan and Zeldovich theory of thermomechanical effects in nematics is proposed and discussed. PMID:27517793

  8. Continuous Rotation of Achiral Nematic Liquid Crystal Droplets Driven by Heat Flux

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    Ignés-Mullol, Jordi; Poy, Guilhem; Oswald, Patrick

    2016-07-01

    Suspended droplets of cholesteric (chiral nematic) liquid crystals spontaneously rotate in the presence of a heat flux due to a temperature gradient, a phenomenon known as the Lehmann effect. So far, it is not clear whether this effect is due to the chirality of the phase and the molecules or only to the chirality of the director field. Here, we report the continuous rotation in a temperature gradient of nematic droplets of a lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal featuring a twisted bipolar configuration. The achiral nature of the molecular components leads to a random handedness of the spontaneous twist, resulting in the coexistence of droplets rotating in the two senses, with speeds proportional to the temperature gradient and inversely proportional to the droplet radius. This result shows that a macroscopic twist of the director field is sufficient to induce a rotation of the droplets, and that the phase and the molecules do not need to be chiral. This suggests that one can also explain the Lehmann rotation in cholesteric liquid crystals without introducing the Leslie thermomechanical coupling—only present in chiral mesophases. An explanation based on the Akopyan and Zeldovich theory of thermomechanical effects in nematics is proposed and discussed.

  9. Lyotropic liquid crystalline L3 phase silicated nanoporous monolithic composites and their production

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    McGrath, Kathryn M.; Dabbs, Daniel M.; Aksay, Ilhan A.; Gruner, Sol M.

    2003-10-28

    A mesoporous ceramic material is provided having a pore size diameter in the range of about 10-100 nanometers produced by templating with a ceramic precursor a lyotropic liquid crystalline L.sub.3 phase consisting of a three-dimensional, random, nonperiodic network packing of a multiple connected continuous membrane. A preferred process for producing the inesoporous ceramic material includes producing a template of a lyotropic liquid crystalline L.sub.3 phase by mixing a surfactant, a co-surfactant and hydrochloric acid, coating the template with an inorganic ceramic precursor by adding to the L.sub.3 phase tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) or tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and then converting the coated template to a ceramic by removing any remaining liquids.

  10. Charge transfer reactions in nematic liquid crystals

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R. |; Galili, T.; Levanon, H.

    1998-07-01

    Ultrafast transient absorption studies of intramolecular photoinduced charge separation and thermal charge recombination were carried out on a molecule consisting of a 4-(N-pyrrolidino)naphthalene-1,8-imide donor (PNI) covalently attached to a pyromellitimide acceptor (PI) dissolved in the liquid crystal 4{prime}-(n-pentyl)-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB). The temperature dependencies of the charge separation and recombination rates were obtained at temperatures above the nematic-isotropic phase transition of 5CB, where ordered microdomains exist and scattering of visible light by these domains is absent. The authors show that excited state charge separation is dominated by molecular reorientation of 5CB perpendicular to the director within the liquid crystal microdomains. They also show that charge recombination is adiabatic and is controlled by the comparatively slow collective reorientation of the liquid crystal microdomains relative to the orientation of PNI{sup +}-PI{sup {minus}}. They also report the results of time resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) studies of photoinduced charge separation in a series of supramolecular compounds dissolved in oriented liquid crystal solvents. These studies permit the determination of the radical pair energy levels as the solvent reorganization energy increases from the low temperature crystalline phase, through the soft glass phase, to the nematic phase of the liquid crystal.

  11. Lyotropic liquid crystal engineering-ordered nanostructured small molecule amphiphile self-assembly materials by design.

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    Fong, Celesta; Le, Tu; Drummond, Calum J

    2012-02-01

    Future nanoscale soft matter design will be guided to a large extent by the teachings of amphiphile (lipid or surfactant) self-assembly. Ordered nanostructured lyotropic liquid crystalline mesophases may form in select mixtures of amphiphile and solvent. To reproducibly engineer the low energy amphiphile self-assembly of materials for the future, we must first learn the design principles. In this critical review we discuss the evolution of these design rules and in particular discuss recent key findings regarding (i) what drives amphiphile self-assembly, (ii) what governs the self-assembly structures that are formed, and (iii) how can amphiphile self-assembly materials be used to enhance product formulations, including drug delivery vehicles, medical imaging contrast agents, and integral membrane protein crystallisation media. We focus upon the generation of 'dilutable' lyotropic liquid crystal phases with two- and three-dimensional geometries from amphiphilic small molecules (225 references).

  12. Thermal diode made by nematic liquid crystal

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    Melo, Djair; Fernandes, Ivna; Moraes, Fernando; Fumeron, Sébastien; Pereira, Erms

    2016-09-01

    This work investigates how a thermal diode can be designed from a nematic liquid crystal confined inside a cylindrical capillary. In the case of homeotropic anchoring, a defect structure called escaped radial disclination arises. The asymmetry of such structure causes thermal rectification rates up to 3.5% at room temperature, comparable to thermal diodes made from carbon nanotubes. Sensitivity of the system with respect to the heat power supply, the geometry of the capillary tube and the molecular anchoring angle is also discussed.

  13. Holographically generated twisted nematic liquid crystal gratings

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    Choi, Hyunhee; Wu, J.W.; Chang, Hye Jeong; Park, Byoungchoo

    2006-01-09

    A reflection holographic method is introduced to fabricate an electro-optically tunable twisted nematic (TN) liquid crystal (LC) grating, forgoing the geometrical drawing. The photoisomerization process occurring on the LC alignment layers of an LC cell in the reflection holographic configuration gives a control over the twist angle, and the grating spacing is determined by the slant angle of reflection holographic configuration. The resulting diffraction grating is in a structure of a reverse TN LC, permitting a polarization-independent diffraction efficiency. The electro-optic tunability of the diffraction efficiency is also demonstrated.

  14. Molecular dynamics of biaxial nematic liquid crystals

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    Sarman, Sten

    1996-01-01

    We devise a constraint algorithm that makes the angular velocity of the director of a liquid crystal a constant of motion. When the angular velocity is set equal to zero, a director based coordinate system becomes an inertial frame. This is a great advantage because most thermodynamic properties and time correlation functions of a liquid crystal are best expressed relative to a director based coordinate system. One also prevents the director reorientation from interfering with the tails of the time correlation functions. When the angular velocity is forced to be zero the constraints do not do any work on the system. This makes it possible to prove that ensemble averages of phase functions and time correlation functions are unaffected by the director constraint torques. The constraint algorithm also facilitates generalization of nonequilibrium molecular dynamics algorithms to liquid crystal phases. In order to test the algorithm numerically we have simulated a biaxial nematic phase of a variant of the Gay-Berne fluid [J. G. Gay and B. J. Berne, J. Chem. Phys. 74, 3316 (1981)]. The director constraint algorithm works very well. We have calculated the velocity autocorrelation functions and the self diffusion coefficients. In a biaxial nematic liquid crystal there are three independent components of the self-diffusion tensor. They have been found to be finite and different thus proving that we really simulate a liquid rather than a solid and that the symmetry is biaxial. Simulation of biaxial liquid crystals requires fairly large systems. We have therefore developed an algorithm that we run on a parallel computer instead of an ordinary work station.

  15. Particles and curvatures in nematic liquid crystals

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    Serra, Francesca; Luo, Yimin; Yang, Shu; Kamien, Randall D.; Stebe, Kathleen J.

    Elastic interactions in anisotropic fluids can be harnessed to direct particle interactions. A strategy to smoothly manipulate the director field in nematic liquid crystals is to vary the topography of the bounding surfaces. A rugged landscape with peaks and valleys create local deformations of the director field which can interact with particles in solution. We study this complex interaction in two different settings. The first consists of an array of shallow pores in a poly-dimethyl-siloxane (PDMS) membrane, whose curvature can be tuned either by swelling the PDMS membrane or by mechanical stretching. The second is a set of grooves with wavy walls, fabricated by photolithography, with various parameters of curvature and shapes. In this contexts we study how the motion of colloidal particles in nematic liquid crystals can be influenced by their interaction with the peaks and valleys of the bottom substrate or of the side walls. Particles with different associated topological defects (hedgehogs or Saturn rings) behave differently as they interact with the topographical features, favoring the docking on peaks or valleys. These experimental systems are also ideal to study the ``lock and key'' mechanism of particles in holes and to investigate a possible route for particle sorting.

  16. Director orientations in lyotropic liquid crystals: diffusion MRI mapping of the Saupe order tensor.

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    Topgaard, Daniel

    2016-03-28

    The macroscopic physical properties of a liquid crystalline material depend on both the properties of the individual crystallites and the details of their spatial arrangement. We propose a diffusion MRI method to estimate the director orientations of a lyotropic liquid crystal as a spatially resolved field of Saupe order tensors. The method relies on varying the shape of the diffusion-encoding tensor to disentangle the effects of voxel-scale director orientational order and the local diffusion anisotropy of the solvent. Proof-of-concept experiments are performed on water in lamellar and reverse hexagonal liquid crystalline systems with intricate patterns of director orientations.

  17. pH-responsive lyotropic liquid crystals for the preparation of pure cubic zirconia nanoparticles

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    He, Wei Yan; Liu, Jin Rong; He, Zhang; Cao, Zhen Zhu; Li, Cai Hong; Gao, Yan Fang

    2016-07-01

    We present a lyotropic liquid crystal system consisting of SDS/Triton X-100/water at 25 °C. This system is respond to pH variations with a phase switch. When pH is altered from alkaline (pH 13) to acidic (pH 2) conditions, phase change occurs from a bicontinuous hexagonal phase to a partially hexagonal phase until it disappears. The hexagonal phase under alkaline conditions is stable. Thus, this system is an ideal candidate for the preparation of pure cubic ZrO2 nanoparticles. XRD results confirm that the as-synthesized powder is composed of pure cubic ZrO2. These nanoparticles also exhibit a thermal stability of up to 800 °C. The size and morphological characteristics of the nanoparticles are greatly affected by ZrOCl2 concentration. The mechanism of zirconia nanoparticle synthesis in a lyotropic hexagonal phase was proposed.

  18. Facile dispersion and control of internal structure in lyotropic liquid crystalline particles by auxiliary solvent evaporation.

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    Martiel, Isabelle; Sagalowicz, Laurent; Handschin, Stephan; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2014-12-01

    Submicron sized, structured lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) particles, so-called hexosomes and cubosomes, are generally obtained by high energy input dispersion methods, notably ultrasonication and high-pressure emulsification. We present a method to obtain dispersions of such LLC particles with a significantly reduced energy input, by evaporation of an auxiliary volatile solvent immiscible with water, e.g. cyclohexane or limonene. The inner structure of the particles can be precisely controlled by the addition of a nonvolatile oil, such as α-tocopherol or tetradecane consistently with bulk phase diagrams,. Two different lyotropic surfactants were employed, industrial grade monolinoleine (MLO) and soy bean phosphatidylcholine (PC). The lyotropic surfactant and oil phase modifier were first dissolved in the volatile solvent to give a liquid reverse micellar (L2) phase, which requires significantly less energy input to be dispersed in an aqueous solution of secondary emulsifier compared to the corresponding gel-like bulk mesophase. The auxiliary volatile solvent was then removed from the emulsion by evaporation at room temperature, yielding LLC particles of the desired inner structure, Pn3̅m, H2, or Fd3̅m. The obtained particles were characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). Our method enables fine-tuning of the final particle size through the volatile-to-nonvolatile volume ratio and processing conditions. PMID:25384248

  19. Role of Molecular Structure on X-ray Diffraction in Thermotropic Uniaxial and Biaxial Nematic Liquid Crystal Phases

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    Acharya, Bharat R.; Kang, Shin-Woong; Prasad, Veena; Kumar, Satyendra

    2009-08-27

    X-ray diffraction is one of the most definitive methods to determine the structure of condensed matter phases, and it has been applied to unequivocally infer the structures of conventional calamitic and lyotropic liquid crystals. With the advent of bent-core and tetrapodic mesogens and the discovery of the biaxial nematic phase in them, the experimental results require more careful interpretation and analysis. Here, we present ab-initio calculations of X-ray diffraction patterns in the isotropic, uniaxial nematic, and biaxial nematic phases of bent-core mesogens. A simple Meier-Saupe-like molecular distribution function is employed to describe both aligned and unaligned mesophases. The distribution function is decomposed into two, polar and azimuthal, distribution functions to calculate the effect of the evolution of uniaxial and biaxial nematic orientational order. The calculations provide satisfactory semiquantitative interpretations of experimental results. The calculations presented here should provide a pathway to more refined and quantitative analysis of X-ray diffraction data from the biaxial nematic phase.

  20. Lattice model for biaxial and uniaxial nematic liquid crystals

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    Sauerwein, Ricardo A.; de Oliveira, Mário J.

    2016-05-01

    We use a lattice gas model to describe the phase transitions in nematic liquid crystals. The phase diagram displays, in addition to the isotropic phase, the two uniaxial nematics, the rod-like and discotic nematics, and the biaxial nematic. Each site of the lattice has a constituent unit that takes only six orientations and is understood as being a parallelepiped brick with the three axes distinct. The possible orientations of a brick are those in which its axes are parallel to the axes of a Cartesian reference frame. The analysis of the model is performed by the use of a mean-field approximation and a Landau expansion of the free energy.

  1. Chromonic liquid crystalline nematic phase exhibited in binary mixture of two liquid crystals

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    Govindaiah, T. N. Sreepad, H. R.; Sridhar, K. N.; Sridhara, G. R.; Nagaraja, N.

    2015-06-24

    A binary mixture of abietic acid and orthophosphoric acid (H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}) exhibits co-existence of biphasic region of Nematic+Isotropic (N+I), lyotropic Nematic (ND) and Smectic-G (SmG) phases. The mixture exhibits N+I, N and SmG phases at different concentrations and at different temperatures. Mixtures with all concentrations of abietic acid exhibit I→N+I→N→SmG phases sequentially when the specimen is cooled from its isotropic melt. These phases have been characterized by using differential scanning calorimetric, X-ray diffraction, and optical texture studies.

  2. Chromonic liquid crystalline nematic phase exhibited in binary mixture of two liquid crystals

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    Govindaiah, T. N.; Sreepad, H. R.; Sridhar, K. N.; Sridhara, G. R.; Nagaraja, N.

    2015-06-01

    A binary mixture of abietic acid and orthophosphoric acid (H3PO4) exhibits co-existence of biphasic region of Nematic+Isotropic (N+I), lyotropic Nematic (ND) and Smectic-G (SmG) phases. The mixture exhibits N+I, N and SmG phases at different concentrations and at different temperatures. Mixtures with all concentrations of abietic acid exhibit I→N+I→N→SmG phases sequentially when the specimen is cooled from its isotropic melt. These phases have been characterized by using differential scanning calorimetric, X-ray diffraction, and optical texture studies.

  3. Light diffraction by acoustically induced domains in nematic liquid crystals

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    Kapustina, O. A.

    2006-05-15

    The phenomenon of light diffraction by a system of linear domains formed in planar layers of nematic liquid crystals in an oscillating Couette flow, acoustically induced at sound frequencies, is investigated.

  4. Oriental transitions in nematic liquid crystals on grooved substrates

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    Krekhov, A.P.; Khasimullin, M.V.; Lebedev, Y.A.

    1995-12-31

    An expression for the surface energy of a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) on a fine-grooved substrate is obtained with the phenomenological approach. Temperature-induced orientational transitions in nematic liquid crystals are analyzed as functions of the surface-profile parameters. A planar{yields}tilted{yields}homeotropic alignment transition was observed near the clearing point of an MBBA layer sandwiched between two grooved glass substrates, with a microrelief obtained by oblique evaporation of silicon monoxide. 15 refs., 1 fig.

  5. Laser damage resistant nematic liquid crystal cell

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    Raszewski, Z.; Piecek, W.; Jaroszewicz, L.; Soms, L.; Marczak, J.; Nowinowski-Kruszelnicki, E.; Perkowski, P.; Kedzierski, J.; Miszczyk, E.; Olifierczuk, M.; Morawiak, P.; Mazur, R.

    2013-08-01

    There exists a problem in diagnostics of a dense plasma (so-called Thomson diagnostics). For this purpose, the plasma is illuminated by series of high energy laser pulses. Such pulses are generated by several independent lasers operating sequentially, and these pulses are to be directed along an exactly the same optical path. In this case, the energy of each separate pulse is as large as 3 J, so it is impossible to generate a burst of such pulses by a single laser. In this situation, several independent lasers have to be used. To form optical path with λ = 1.064 μm and absolute value of the energy of laser pulse through of 3 J, a special refractive index matched twisted Nematic Liquid Crystal Cell (NLCC) of type LCNP2 with switching on time τON smaller than 5 μs might be applied. High laser damage resistance of NLCC and short τON can be fulfilled by preparation of liquid crystal cells with Liquid Crystal Mixture (LCM), well tuned to twisted nematic electro-optical effect, and well tuned all optical interfaces (Air - Antireflection - Quartz Plate - Electrode - Blocking Film - Aligning Layer - LCM - Aligning Layer - Blocking Film - Electrode - Quartz Plate - Antireflection - Air). In such LCNP2 cell, the transmission is higher than 97% at λ = 1.064 μm, as it is presented by Gooch and Tarry [J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 8, 1575 (1975)]. The safe laser density energy is about 0.6 J/cm2 for a train of laser pulses (λ = 1.064 μm, pulse duration 10 ns FWHM, pulse repetition rate 100 pps, train duration 10 s), so the area of liquid crystal cell tolerating 3 J through it shall be as large as 5 cm2. Due to the presence of two blocking film layers between electrodes, LCNP2 can be driven by high voltages. Switching on time smaller than τON = 5 μs was obtained under 200 V switching voltage.

  6. Nonionic diethanolamide amphiphiles with isoprenoid-type hydrocarbon chains: thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystalline phase behaviour

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    Sagnella, Sharon M.; Conn, Charlotte E.; Krodkiewska, Irena; Drummond, Calum J.

    2014-09-24

    The thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystalline phase behaviour of a series of diethanolamide amphiphiles with isoprenoid-type hydrocarbon chains (geranoyl, H-farnesoyl, and phytanoyl) has been investigated. When neat, both H-farnesoyl and phytanoyl diethanolamide form a smectic liquid crystalline structure at sub-zero temperatures. In addition, all three diethanolamides exhibit a glass transition temperature at around -73 C. Geranoyl diethanolamide forms a lamellar crystalline phase with a lattice parameter of 17.4 {angstrom} following long term storage accompanied by the loss of the glass transition. In the presence of water, H-farnesoyl and phytanoyl diethanolamide form lyotropic liquid crystalline phases, whilst geranoyl diethanolamide forms an L{sub 2} phase. H-farnesoyl diethanolamide forms a fluid lamellar phase (L{sub {alpha}}) at room temperature and up to {approx} 40 C. Phytanoyl diethanolamide displays a rich mesomorphism forming the inverse diamond (Q{sub II}{sup D}) and gyroid (Q{sub II}{sup G}) bicontinuous cubic phases in addition to an L{sub {alpha}} phase.

  7. Domain structures in nematic liquid crystals on a polycarbonate surface.

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    Parshin, Alexander M; Gunyakov, Vladimir A; Zyryanov, Victor Y; Shabanov, Vasily F

    2013-01-01

    Alignment of nematic liquid crystals on polycarbonate films obtained with the use of solvents with different solvations is studied. Domain structures occurring during the growth on the polymer surface against the background of the initial thread-like or schlieren texture are demonstrated. It is established by optical methods that the domains are stable formations visualizing the polymer surface structures. In nematic droplets, the temperature-induced transition from the domain structure with two extinction bands to the structure with four bands is observed. This transition is shown to be caused by reorientation of the nematic director in the liquid crystal volume from the planar alignment to the homeotropic state with the pronounced radial configuration of nematic molecules on the surface. The observed textures are compared with different combinations of the volume LC orientations and the radial distribution of the director field and the disclination lines at the polycarbonate surface. PMID:23965955

  8. Domain Structures in Nematic Liquid Crystals on a Polycarbonate Surface

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    Parshin, Alexander M.; Gunyakov, Vladimir A.; Zyryanov, Victor Y.; Shabanov, Vasily F.

    2013-01-01

    Alignment of nematic liquid crystals on polycarbonate films obtained with the use of solvents with different solvations is studied. Domain structures occurring during the growth on the polymer surface against the background of the initial thread-like or schlieren texture are demonstrated. It is established by optical methods that the domains are stable formations visualizing the polymer surface structures. In nematic droplets, the temperature-induced transition from the domain structure with two extinction bands to the structure with four bands is observed. This transition is shown to be caused by reorientation of the nematic director in the liquid crystal volume from the planar alignment to the homeotropic state with the pronounced radial configuration of nematic molecules on the surface. The observed textures are compared with different combinations of the volume LC orientations and the radial distribution of the director field and the disclination lines at the polycarbonate surface. PMID:23965955

  9. Domain structures in nematic liquid crystals on a polycarbonate surface.

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    Parshin, Alexander M; Gunyakov, Vladimir A; Zyryanov, Victor Y; Shabanov, Vasily F

    2013-01-01

    Alignment of nematic liquid crystals on polycarbonate films obtained with the use of solvents with different solvations is studied. Domain structures occurring during the growth on the polymer surface against the background of the initial thread-like or schlieren texture are demonstrated. It is established by optical methods that the domains are stable formations visualizing the polymer surface structures. In nematic droplets, the temperature-induced transition from the domain structure with two extinction bands to the structure with four bands is observed. This transition is shown to be caused by reorientation of the nematic director in the liquid crystal volume from the planar alignment to the homeotropic state with the pronounced radial configuration of nematic molecules on the surface. The observed textures are compared with different combinations of the volume LC orientations and the radial distribution of the director field and the disclination lines at the polycarbonate surface.

  10. Hard-sphere-chain Equations of State for Lyotropic Polymer LiquidCrystals

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    Hino, T.; Prausnitz, John M.

    1998-06-01

    Using Parsons-type scaling, the Onsager theory for theisotropic-nematic (I-N) transition of rigid-rod lyotropic polymer liquidcrystals is combined with the equation of state for hard-sphere-chainfluids of Chapman et al. and that of Hu et al. The equation of Hu et al.gives the I-N transition pressure and density in good agreement withcomputer simulation by Wilson and Allen for a semi-flexible hard-spherechain consisting of seven segments. For real semi-flexible polymers, wefollow the Khokhlov-Semenov theory of persistent chains that introduceschain flexibility into the Onsager theory. Using a consistent procedureto regress the equation-of-state parameters, the equations of Chapman etal. and Hu et al. are also compared with the theory of DuPre and Yangthat uses the equation of Lee for hard spherocylinders. These models arecompared with experiment for two binary polymer solutions containingpoly(hexyl isocyanate) and another solution containing polysaccharideschizophyllan. The concentration of polymer at the I-N transition ispredicted as a function of the molecular weight of polymer. All modelsperform similarly and show semi-quantitative agreement withexperiment.

  11. Nematic liquid crystals exhibiting high birefringence

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    Thingujam, Kiranmala; Bhattacharjee, Ayon; Choudhury, Basana; Dabrowski, Roman

    2016-06-01

    Two fluorinated isothiocyanato nematic liquid crystalline compounds, 4'-butylcyclohexyl-3, 5-difluoro-4-isothiocyanatobiphenyl and 4'-pentylcyclohexyl-3, 5-difluoro-4-isothiocynatobiphenyl are studied in detail to obtain their different physical parameters. Optical polarizing microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, density and dielectric studies have been carried out for the two samples. Both the samples were found to have high clearing temperature (>100 °C) and exhibit small enthalpy of transition. The two samples exhibit high optical birefringence (Δ n > 0.2). The values of order parameters for the two samples were obtained using different approaches, namely, Vuks', Neugebauer's, modified Vuks' and direct extrapolation method from birefringence data. Experimentally obtained values of order parameters have also been compared with theoretical Maier-Saupe values. The parallel and perpendicular components of dielectric permittivity values of the two compounds were also calculated and their anisotropy values were found to be small. The effect of temperature on the molecular dipole moment μ and the angle of inclination β of the dipole axis with the director have also been investigated in this work.

  12. Alignment and Graphene-Assisted Decoration of Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals Containing DNA Origami Nanostructures.

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    Martens, Kevin; Funck, Timon; Kempter, Susanne; Roller, Eva-Maria; Liedl, Tim; Blaschke, Benno M; Knecht, Peter; Garrido, José Antonio; Zhang, Bingru; Kitzerow, Heinz

    2016-03-23

    Composites of DNA origami nanostructures dispersed in a lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal are studied by polarizing optical microscopy. The homogeneous aqueous dispersions can be uniformly aligned by confinement between two glass substrates, either parallel to the substrates owing to uniaxial rubbing or perpendicular to the substrates using ozonized graphene layers. These opportunities of uniform alignment may pave the way for tailored anisometric plasmonic DNA nanostructures to photonic materials. In addition, a decorated texture with nonuniform orientation is observed on substrates coated with pristine graphene. When the water is allowed to evaporate slowly, microscopic crystal needles appear, which are aligned along the local orientation of the director. This decoration method can be used for studying the local orientational order and the defects in chromonic liquid crystals.

  13. Nonaqueous lyotropic ionic liquid crystals: preparation, characterization, and application in extraction.

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    Liu, Xianxian; Yang, Qiwei; Bao, Zongbi; Su, Baogen; Zhang, Zhiguo; Ren, Qilong; Yang, Yiwen; Xing, Huabin

    2015-06-15

    A class of new ionic liquid (IL)-based nonaqueous lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) and the development of an efficient IL extraction process based on LC chemistry are reported. The nonaqueous LLCs feature extraordinarily high extraction capacity, excellent separation selectivity, easy recovery, and biocompatibility. This work also demonstrates that the introduction of self-assembled anisotropic nanostructures into an IL system is an efficient way to overcome the intrinsically strong polarity of ILs and enhances the molecular recognition ability of ILs. The distribution coefficients of IL-based LLCs for organic compounds with H-bond donors reached unprecedented values of 50-60 at very high feed concentrations (>100 mg mL(-1) ), which are 800-1000 times greater than those of common ILs as well as traditional organic and polymer extractants. The IL-based nonaqueous LLCs combining the unique properties of ILs and LCs open a new avenue for the development of high-performance extraction methods.

  14. Positron lifetime measurements in chiral nematic liquid crystals

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, Abe; Parmar, Devendra S.

    1991-01-01

    Positron lifetimes in the isotropic phases of chiral nematic liquid crystal formulations and their mixtures up to the racemic level were measured. The lifetime spectra for all liquid crystal systems were analyzed into three components. Although the individual spectra in the left- and right-handed components are identical, their racemic mixtures exhibit much larger orthopositronium lifetimes; these larger lifetimes indicate the presence of larger microvoids. This result is consistent with the reportedly higher thermodynamic stability and color play range in the racemic mixtures of chiral nematic liquid crystals.

  15. The Nematic Phases of Bent-Core Liquid Crystals

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    Gleeson, Helen F; Kaur, Sarabjot; Görtz, Verena; Belaissaoui, Abdel; Cowling, Stephen; Goodby, John W

    2014-01-01

    Over the last ten years, the nematic phases of liquid crystals formed from bent-core structures have provoked considerable research because of their remarkable properties. This Minireview summarises some recent measurements of the physical properties of these systems, as well as describing some new data. We concentrate on oxadiazole-based materials as exemplars of this class of nematogens, but also describe some other bent-core systems. The influence of molecular structure on the stability of the nematic phase is described, together with progress in reducing the nematic transition temperatures by modifications to the molecular structure. The physical properties of bent-core nematic materials have proven difficult to study, but patterns are emerging regarding their optical and dielectric properties. Recent breakthroughs in understanding the elastic and flexoelectric behaviour are summarised. Finally, some exemplars of unusual electric field behaviour are described. PMID:24700653

  16. Bistable chiral tilted-homeotropic nematic liquid crystal cells

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    Hsu, Jy-Shan; Liang, Bau-Jy; Chen, Shu-Hsia

    2004-12-01

    A bistable chiral tilted-homeotropic nematic cell which uses dual-frequency liquid crystal is demonstrated. This cell can be switched between the tilted homeotropic state and the twisted state. The switching mechanisms are achieved by the backflow effect together with the anisotropic properties of the dual-frequency liquid crystal material. The experimental results of this bistable cell are described explicitly.

  17. Defects in liquid crystal nematic shells

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    Fernandez-Nieves, A.; Utada, A. S.; Vitelli, V.; Link, D. R.; Nelson, D. R.; Weitz, D. A.

    2006-03-01

    We generate water/liquid crystal (LC)/water double emulsions via recent micro-capillary fluidic devices [A. S. Utada, et.al. Science 308, 537 (2005)]. The resultant objects are stabilized against coalescence by using surfactants or adequate polymers; these also fix the boundary conditions for the director field n. We use 4-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) and impose tangential boundary conditions at both water/LC interfaces by having polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) dispersed in the inner and outer water phases. We confirm recent predictions [D. R. Nelson, NanoLetters 2, 1125 (2002)] and find that four strength s=+1/2 defects are present; this is in contrast to the two s=+1 defect bipolar configuration observed for bulk spheres [A. Fernandez-Nieves, et.al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 105503 (2004)]. However, these defects do not lie in the vertices of a tetrahedron but are pushed towards each other until certain equilibration distance is reached. In addition to the four defect shells, we observe shells with two s=+1 defects and even with three defects, a s=+1 and two s=+1/2. We argue these configurations arise from nematic bulk distortions that become important as the shell thickness increases. Finally, by adding a different surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), to the outer phase, we can change the director boundary conditions at the outermost interface from parallel to homeotropic, to induce coalescing of the two pair of defects in the four defect shell configuration to yield two defect bipolar shells.

  18. Liquid microlenses and waveguides from bulk nematic birefringent profiles.

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    Čančula, Miha; Ravnik, Miha; Muševič, Igor; Žumer, Slobodan

    2016-09-19

    We demonstrate polarization-selective microlensing and waveguiding of laser beams by birefringent profiles in bulk nematic fluids using numerical modelling. Specifically, we show that radial escaped nematic director profiles with negative birefringence focus and guide light with radial polarization, whereas the opposite - azimuthal - polarization passes through unaffected. A converging lens is realized in a nematic with negative birefringence, and a diverging lens in a positive birefringence material. Tuning of such single-liquid lenses by an external low-frequency electric field and by adjusting the profile and intensity of the beam itself is demonstrated, combining external control with intrinsic self-adaptive focusing. Escaped radial profiles of birefringence are shown to act as single-liquid waveguides with a single distinct eigenmode and low attenuation. Finally, this work is an approach towards creating liquid photonic elements for all-soft matter photonics. PMID:27661952

  19. Characterization of the phase behaviour of a novel polymerizable lyotropic ionic liquid crystal.

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    Goujon, Nicolas; Forsyth, Maria; Dumée, Ludovic F; Bryant, Gary; Byrne, Nolene

    2015-09-21

    The development of new polymerizable lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) utilizing charged amphiphilic molecules such as those based on long chain imidazolium compounds, is a relatively new design direction for producing robust membranes with controllable nano-structures. Here we have developed a novel polymerizable ionic liquid based LLC, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium acrylate (C16mimAcr), where the acrylate anion acts as the polymerizable moiety. The phase behaviour of the C16mimAcr upon the addition of water was characterized using small and wide angle X-ray scatterings, differential scanning calorimetry and polarized optical microscopy. We compare the phase behaviour of this new polymerizable LLC to that of the well known LLC chloride analogue, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (C16mimCl). We find that the C16mimAcr system has a more complex phase behaviour compared to the C16mimCl system. Additional lyotropic liquid crystalline mesophases such as hexagonal phase (H1) and discontinuous cubic phase (I1) are observed at 20 °C for the acrylate system at 50 and 65 wt% water respectively. The appearance of the hexagonal phase (H1) and discontinuous cubic phase (I1) for the acrylate system is likely due to the strong hydrating nature of the acrylate anion, which increases the head group area. The formation of these additional mesophases seen for the acrylate system, especially the hexagonal phase (H1), coupled with the polymerization functionality offers great potential in the design of advanced membrane materials with selective and anisotropic transport properties.

  20. Characterization of the phase behaviour of a novel polymerizable lyotropic ionic liquid crystal.

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    Goujon, Nicolas; Forsyth, Maria; Dumée, Ludovic F; Bryant, Gary; Byrne, Nolene

    2015-09-21

    The development of new polymerizable lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) utilizing charged amphiphilic molecules such as those based on long chain imidazolium compounds, is a relatively new design direction for producing robust membranes with controllable nano-structures. Here we have developed a novel polymerizable ionic liquid based LLC, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium acrylate (C16mimAcr), where the acrylate anion acts as the polymerizable moiety. The phase behaviour of the C16mimAcr upon the addition of water was characterized using small and wide angle X-ray scatterings, differential scanning calorimetry and polarized optical microscopy. We compare the phase behaviour of this new polymerizable LLC to that of the well known LLC chloride analogue, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (C16mimCl). We find that the C16mimAcr system has a more complex phase behaviour compared to the C16mimCl system. Additional lyotropic liquid crystalline mesophases such as hexagonal phase (H1) and discontinuous cubic phase (I1) are observed at 20 °C for the acrylate system at 50 and 65 wt% water respectively. The appearance of the hexagonal phase (H1) and discontinuous cubic phase (I1) for the acrylate system is likely due to the strong hydrating nature of the acrylate anion, which increases the head group area. The formation of these additional mesophases seen for the acrylate system, especially the hexagonal phase (H1), coupled with the polymerization functionality offers great potential in the design of advanced membrane materials with selective and anisotropic transport properties. PMID:26271610

  1. Simulation of weak anchoring effects on nematic liquid crystal hemispheres

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    Gillen, Sean; Somers, David A. T.; Munday, Jeremy N.

    The free energy of a nematic liquid crystal droplet depends on an interplay between elastic and surface interactions. When the two contributions are of similar magnitude, there exists a transition of the nematic structure of the droplet. Because the two contributions scale differently with length scales, this transition is visible as a function of the size of the droplet. We carry out numerical simulations to explore the use of this transition in measuring surface anchoring energies. This technique could help elucidate alignment forces on liquid crystals, such as those caused by rubbed surfaces, electric fields, or even the Casimir torque. Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  2. Effect of ionic additives on elasticity of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal

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    Zhou, Shuang; Cervenka, Adam J.; Singh, Yogesh; Tortora, Luana T.; Almasan, Carmen C.; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2013-03-01

    Using a magnetic Frederiks transition technique, we determine how the splay K1 and bend K3 elastic constants of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal Sunset Yellow (SSY) depend on concentration of ionic additives, sodium chloride (NaCl) and magnesium sulfate (MgSO4). Both salts increase the ratio K1 /K3 , by mainly increasing K1 (MgSO4) or mainly decreasing K3 (NaCl). The effects are attributed to the screening of electrostatic repulsions of chromonic molecules, which is expected to increase the contour length (thus increasing K1) and to decrease the persistence length (thus decreasing K3) of the chromonic aggregates in which the molecules are stacked face-to-face. As in salt-free SSY, the ratio K1 /K3 increases when the temperature decreases. The work was supporeted by NSF grants DMR 1104850 and 11212878.

  3. A Comprehensive Study on Lyotropic Liquid-Crystalline Behavior of an Amphiphile in 20 Kinds of Amino Acid Ionic Liquids.

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    Fujimura, Kanae; Ichikawa, Takahiro; Yoshio, Masafumi; Kato, Takashi; Ohno, Hiroyuki

    2016-02-18

    We examined the self-organization behavior of a designed amphiphilic molecule in 20 kinds of amino acid ionic liquids composed of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium cation and natural amino acid anion ([C4mim][AA]). Addition of [C4mim][AA], regardless of their anion species, to the amphiphile provided homogeneous mixtures showing lyotropic liquid-crystalline (LC) behavior. Upon increasing the component ratio of [C4mim][AA] in the mixtures, a successive change of the mesophase patterns from inverted hexagonal columnar, in some case via bicontinuous cubic, to layered phases was observed. By examining the LC properties at various temperatures and component ratios, we constructed lyotropic LC phase diagrams. Interestingly, the appearance of these phase diagrams is greatly different according to the selection of [AA]. Through comparison, we found that the self-organization behavior of an amphiphile in ionic liquids can be tuned by controlling their ability to form hydrogen-bond, van der Waals, and π-π interactions.

  4. Dynamic arrest of nematic liquid-crystal colloid networks

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    Zou, Lu; Hwang, Jeoung-Yeon; Kim, Chanjoong

    2013-10-01

    We report interesting self-assembly structures of nematic liquid-crystal colloid (NLCC) networks, which are arrested during cooling from the isotropic temperature to room temperature. The NLCC is composed of sterically stabilized colloidal particles and a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) with nematic-isotropic transition temperature (TNI) that is much higher than those of previously studied 4-Cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl and N-(4-Methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline. We find that the structure of NLCCs depends on TNI, cooling rates, and boundary conditions, varying from cellular network to hierarchical fern structures in different length scales. Our time-lapse study shows that the transition from the cellular network to the fern structure directly corresponds to the transition from a spinodal demixing to a nucleation-and-growth mechanism.

  5. Reverse lyotropic liquid crystals from europium nitrate and P123 with enhanced luminescence efficiency.

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    Yi, Sijing; Li, Qintang; Liu, Hongguo; Chen, Xiao

    2014-10-01

    Fabrication of lyotropic aggregates containing the lanthanide ions is becoming a preferable way to prepare novel functional materials. Here, the lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) of reverse hexagonal, reverse bicontinuous cubic, and lamellar phases have been constructed in sequence directly from the mixtures of Eu(NO3)3·6H2O and Pluronic P123 amphiphilc block copolymer with increasing the salt proportion. Their phase types and structural characteristics were analyzed using polarized optical microscopy (POM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements. The driving forces of reverse LLC phase formation were investigated using Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and rheological measurements. The hydrated europium salt was found to act not only as a solvent here, but also as the bridge to form hydrogen bonding between coordinated water molecules and PEO blocks, which played a key role in the reverse LLCs formation. Compared to those in aqueous solutions and solid state, the enhanced luminescence quantum yields and prolonged excited state lifetimes were observed in two europium containing reverse mesophases. The luminescence quenching effect of lanthanide ions was efficiently suppressed, probably due to the substitution of coordinated water molecules by oxyethyl groups of P123 and ordered phase structures of LLCs, where the coordinated europium ions were confined and isolated by PEO blocks. The optimum luminescence performance was then found to exist in the reverse hexagonal phase. The obtained results on such lanthanide-induced reverse LLCs should be referable for designing new luminescent soft materials construction to expand their application fields.

  6. A Liquid Crystalline Oligomer Exhibiting Nematic and Twist-Bend Nematic Mesophases.

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    Mandle, Richard J; Goodby, John W

    2016-04-01

    The twist-bend nematic phase (NTB ) has been described as the structural link between the untilted uniaxial nematic phase (N) and the helical chiral nematic phase (N*). The NTB phase exhibits phenomena of fundamental importance to science, that is, 1) the spontaneous formation of a helical pitch on the nanometer scale in a fluid and 2) the spontaneous breaking of mirror symmetry, leading to the emergence of chiral domains in an achiral system. In this Communication, we present a study on T49 [bis(4-(9-(4-((4-cyanobenzoyl)oxy)phenyl)nonyl)phenyl) 4,4'-(nonane-1,9-diyl)dibenzoate], a liquid-crystalline oligomer exhibiting the twist-bend nematic phase, which has a molecular length that is of comparable dimensions to the sub-10 nm pitch determined for CB9CB, and provide new insights into the differentiation between the nano- and macro-science for self-assembling supermolecular systems.

  7. Lyotropic Phase Behavior of Polybutadiene-Poly(ethylene oxide) Diblock Copolymers in Ionic Liquids

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    Simone, Peter M.; Lodge, Timothy P.

    2008-08-26

    The lyotropic phase behavior of three poly(1,2-butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) diblock copolymers (PB-PEO) with different monomer volume fractions has been studied in two different ionic liquids, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([EMI][TFSI]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMI][PF{sub 6}]), across the complete concentration range. The ordered microstructures present in the solutions were characterized via small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The phase diagrams for the PB-PEO/ionic liquid solutions include regions corresponding to the classical copolymer microstructures: body-centered-cubic lattices of spheres, hexagonally ordered cylinders, and lamellae. Additionally, the phase diagrams also include wide regions of coexisting microstructures and regions apparently corresponding to a disordered network microstructure. The phase behavior of the PB-PEO copolymers in both ionic liquids was comparable to their previously reported aqueous solution behavior. The temperature dependence of the phase diagrams was very modest, indicative of a highly segregated system. The level of solvent selectivity was also investigated via cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) on dilute solutions. On the basis of the morphology of the dilute solution copolymer aggregate structures in the ionic liquid solvents, and on the structural length scales of the concentrated solutions, it was concluded that for PB-PEO [BMI][PF{sub 6}] behaves as a more selective solvent than [EMI][TFSI].

  8. Metric approach for sound propagation in nematic liquid crystals

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    Pereira, E.; Fumeron, S.; Moraes, F.

    2013-02-01

    In the eikonal approach, we describe sound propagation near topological defects of nematic liquid crystals as geodesics of a non-Euclidian manifold endowed with an effective metric tensor. The relation between the acoustics of the medium and this geometrical description is given by Fermat's principle. We calculate the ray trajectories and propose a diffraction experiment to retrieve information about the elastic constants.

  9. Viscosities of the Gay-Berne Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Smondyrev, A. M.; Loriot, George B.; Pelcovits, Robert A.

    1995-09-01

    We present molecular dynamics simulation measurements of the viscosities of the Gay-Berne phenomenological model of liquid crystals in the nematic and isotropic phases. The temperature dependence of the rotational and shear viscosities, including the nonmonotonic behavior of one shear viscosity, are in good agreement with experimental data. The bulk viscosities are significantly larger than the shear viscosities, again in agreement with experiment.

  10. Global defect topology in nematic liquid crystals

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    Machon, Thomas; Alexander, Gareth P.

    2016-07-01

    We give the global homotopy classification of nematic textures for a general domain with weak anchoring boundary conditions and arbitrary defect set in terms of twisted cohomology, and give an explicit computation for the case of knotted and linked defects in R3, showing that the distinct homotopy classes have a 1-1 correspondence with the first homology group of the branched double cover, branched over the disclination loops. We show further that the subset of those classes corresponding to elements of order 2 in this group has representatives that are planar and characterize the obstruction for other classes in terms of merons. The planar textures are a feature of the global defect topology that is not reflected in any local characterization. Finally, we describe how the global classification relates to recent experiments on nematic droplets and how elements of order 4 relate to the presence of τ lines in cholesterics.

  11. Global defect topology in nematic liquid crystals

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    Machon, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    We give the global homotopy classification of nematic textures for a general domain with weak anchoring boundary conditions and arbitrary defect set in terms of twisted cohomology, and give an explicit computation for the case of knotted and linked defects in R3, showing that the distinct homotopy classes have a 1–1 correspondence with the first homology group of the branched double cover, branched over the disclination loops. We show further that the subset of those classes corresponding to elements of order 2 in this group has representatives that are planar and characterize the obstruction for other classes in terms of merons. The planar textures are a feature of the global defect topology that is not reflected in any local characterization. Finally, we describe how the global classification relates to recent experiments on nematic droplets and how elements of order 4 relate to the presence of τ lines in cholesterics. PMID:27493576

  12. Propagating director bend fluctuations in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Humpert, Anja; Allen, Michael P

    2015-01-16

    We show, by molecular simulation, that for a range of standard, coarse-grained, nematic liquid crystal models, the director bend fluctuation is a propagating mode. This is in contrast to the generally accepted picture of nematic hydrodynamics, in which all the director modes (splay, twist, bend, and combinations thereof) are overdamped. By considering the various physical parameters that enter the equations of nematodynamics, we propose an explanation of this effect and conclude that propagating bend fluctuations may be observable in some experimental systems.

  13. Defect Dynamics in Active 2D Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Decamp, Stephen; Redner, Gabriel; Hagan, Michael; Dogic, Zvonimir

    2014-03-01

    Active materials are assemblies of animate, energy-consuming objects that exhibit continuous dynamics. As such, they have properties that are dramatically different from those found in conventional materials made of inanimate objects. We present a 2D active nematic liquid crystal composed of bundled microtubules and kinesin motor proteins that exists in a dynamic steady-state far from equilibrium. The active nematic exhibits spontaneous binding and unbinding of charge +1/2 and -1/2 disclination defects as well as streaming of +1/2 defects. By tuning ATP concentration, we precisely control the amount of activity, a key parameter of the system. We characterize the dynamics of streaming defects on a large, flat, 2D interface using quantitative polarization light microscopy. We report fundamental characteristics of the active nematics such as defect velocities, defect creation and annihilation rates, and emergent length scales in the system.

  14. Saddle-Splay Elasticity in Nematic Liquid Crytals

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    Crawford, Gregory P.; Žumer, Slobodan

    The effect of the saddle-splay elastic constant K24 on nematic director-fields is a topic of fundamental interest for the elastic theory of liquid crystals and plays a vital role in device applications where nematic liquid crystals are confined to a curved geometry. The first measurement of K24 came more than sixty years after the pioneering work of Oseen, who made first steps toward the elastic theory of liquid crystals. Today the study of saddle-splay elasticity has become an important topic in liquid crystal physics. In this review we summarize the various methods used to measure K24 in curved geometries and present the detailed theory behind the measurements.

  15. Dynamic-Mechanical Analysis of Monodomain Nematic Liquid Crystalline Elastomers

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    Hotta, Atsushi; Terentjev, Eugene

    2003-03-01

    Dynamic-mechanical analysis was performed in the glassy, nematic and isotropic states of several monodomain nematic liquid crystalline elastomers (LCE) which differ in their degrees of anisotropy and internal microstructure. It was found that the type of network crosslinker makes a significant difference in the equilibrium properties of these elastomers, in particular, in their effective anisotropy. In spite of these differences, the observed dynamic-mechanical behaviour was very similar. The fact that there is a consistently high and wide loss over the whole nematic region, where storage modulus G' behaves non-monotonically, is most likely an indicator of the fact that the dynamic-mechanical response is not linear. Master curves have been built between the glassy state and the nematic-isotropic phase transition, where the modulus reaches a low-level soft plateau. Above the nematic-isotropic transition temperature Tni, the modulus rises substantially, since internal relaxation is no longer able to reduce the elastic response - and further time-temperature superposition fails. The dynamics of these elastomers are dominated by power laws, which was confirmed by the successful procedure of the master curve inversion (time-frequency inversion) to describe the static stress relaxation. Interestingly, it was found that mechanical properties characterized by power laws (in time) of stress relaxation match very well with the dynamic properties, where power laws (in frequency) were also observed in the dynamic modulus in the appropriate range of temperatures. The work demonstrates the potential for the use of nematic liquid crystalline elastomers in many acoustic and vibration damping applications.

  16. The influence of dipalmitoyl phosphatidylserine on phase behaviour of and cellular response to lyotropic liquid crystalline dispersions.

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    Shen, Hsin-Hui; Crowston, Jonathan G; Huber, Florian; Saubern, Simon; McLean, Keith M; Hartley, Patrick G

    2010-12-01

    Lyotropic liquid crystalline nanoparticles (cubosomes) have the potential to act as amphiphilic scaffolds for the presentation of lipids and subsequent application in, for example, bioseparations and therapeutic delivery. In this work we have formulated lyotropic liquid crystalline systems based on the synthetic amphiphile 1,2,3-trihydroxy-3,7,11,15-tetramethylhexadecane (phytantriol) and containing the lipid dipalmitoyl phosphatidylserine (DPPS). We have prepared a range of DPPS-containing phytantriol cubosome formulations and characterized them using Small Angle X-ray Scattering and Cryo-transmission electron microscopy. These techniques show that increased DPPS content induces marked changes in lyotropic liquid crystalline phase behaviour, characterized by changes in crystallographic dimensions and increases in vesicle content. Furthermore, in vitro cell culture studies indicate that these changes correlate with lipid/surfactant cellular uptake and cytotoxicity. A model cell membrane based on a surface supported phospholipid bilayer was used to gain insights into cubosome-bilayer interactions using Quartz Crystal Microgravimetry. The data show that mass uptake at the supported bilayer increased with DPPS content. We propose that the cytotoxicity of the DPPS-containing dispersions results from changes in lipid/surfactant phase behaviour and the preferential attachment and fusion of vesicles at the cell membrane.

  17. Photorefractivity in polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R. |

    1998-07-01

    Polymer-stabilized liquid crystals, consisting of low concentrations of a polymeric electron acceptor, are shown to exhibit significantly enhanced photorefractive properties. The charge generation and transport properties of these composite systems are strongly modified from nematic liquid crystals doped with electron donors and acceptors. The new composites are produced by polymerizing a small quantity of a 1,4:5,8-naphthalenediimide electron acceptor functionalized with an acrylate group in an aligned nematic liquid crystal. Photopolymerization creates an anisotropic gel-like medium in which the liquid crystal is free to reorient in the presence of a space charge field, while maintaining charge trapping sites in the polymerized regions of the material. The presence of these trapping sites results in the observation of longer lived, higher resolution holographic gratings in the polymer-stabilized liquid crystals than observed in nematic liquid crystals alone. These gratings display Bragg regime diffraction. Asymmetric beam coupling, photo-conductivity, and four-wave mixing experiments are performed to characterize the photophysics of these novel materials.

  18. Photorefractivity in polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals

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    Wiederrecht, Gary P.; Wasielewski, Michael R.

    1998-10-01

    Polymer-stabilized liquid crystals, consisting of low concentrations of a polymeric electron acceptor, are shown to exhibit significantly enhanced photorefractive properties. The charge generation and transport properties of these composite systems are strongly modified from nematic liquid crystals doped with electron donors and acceptors. The new composites are produced by polymerizing a small quantity of a 1,4:5,8-naphthalenediimide electron acceptor functionalized with an acrylate group in an aligned nematic liquid crystal. Photopolymerization creates an anisotropic gel-like medium in which the liquid crystal is free to reorient in the presence of a space charge field, while maintaining charge trapping sites in the polymerized regions of the material. The presence of these trapping sites results in the observation of longer lived, higher resolution holographic gratings in the polymer-stabilized liquid crystals than observed in nematic liquid crystals alone. These gratings display Bragg regime diffraction. Asymmetric beam coupling, photo-conductivity, and four-wave mixing experiments are performed to characterize the photophysics of these novel materials.

  19. Gels and lyotropic liquid crystals: using an imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant in binary solvents.

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    Cheng, Ni; Hu, Qiongzheng; Bi, Yanhui; Xu, Wenwen; Gong, Yanjun; Yu, Li

    2014-08-01

    The self-assembly behavior of an imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dodecylsulfate ([C4mim][C12H25SO4]), was investigated in water-ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) mixed solvents with different volume ratios. It is particular interesting that this simple surfactant could not only form lyotropic liquid crystals (LLC) with multimesophases, i.e., normal hexagonal (H1), lamellar liquid crystal (Lα), and reverse bicontinuous cubic phase (V2), in the water-rich environment but also act as an efficient low-molecular-weight gelator (LMWG) which gelated EAN-abundant binary media in a broad concentration range. The peculiar nanodisk cluster morphology of gels composed of similar bilayer units was first observed. FT-IR spectra and density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that strong H bonding and electrostatic interactions between EAN and the headgroups of [C4mim][C12H25SO4] are primarily responsible for gelation. The self-assembled gels displayed excellent mechanical strength and a thermoreversible sol-gel transition. It is for the first time that a rich variety of controllable ordered aggregates could be observed only by simply modulating the concentration of a single imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant or the ratio of mixed solvents. This environmentally friendly system is expected to have broad applications in various fields, such as materials science, drug delivery systems, and supramolecular chemistry.

  20. Hybrid graphene nematic liquid crystal light scattering device

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    Qasim, M. M.; Khan, A. A.; Kostanyan, A.; Kidambi, P. R.; Cabrero-Vilatela, A.; Braeuninger-Weimer, P.; Gardiner, D. J.; Hofmann, S.; Wilkinson, T. D.

    2015-08-01

    A hybrid graphene nematic liquid crystal (LC) light scattering device is presented. This device exploits the inherent poly-crystallinity of chemical vapour deposited (CVD) graphene films to induce directional anchoring and formation of LC multi-domains. This thereby enables efficient light scattering without the need for crossed polarisers or separate alignment layers/additives. The hybrid LC device exhibits switching thresholds at very low electric fields (< 1 V μm-1) and repeatable, hysteresis free characteristics. This exploitation of LC alignment effects on CVD graphene films enables a new generation of highly efficient nematic LC scattering displays as well as many other possible applications.A hybrid graphene nematic liquid crystal (LC) light scattering device is presented. This device exploits the inherent poly-crystallinity of chemical vapour deposited (CVD) graphene films to induce directional anchoring and formation of LC multi-domains. This thereby enables efficient light scattering without the need for crossed polarisers or separate alignment layers/additives. The hybrid LC device exhibits switching thresholds at very low electric fields (< 1 V μm-1) and repeatable, hysteresis free characteristics. This exploitation of LC alignment effects on CVD graphene films enables a new generation of highly efficient nematic LC scattering displays as well as many other possible applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04094a

  1. NMR of solutes in nematic and smectic A liquid crystals: the anisotropic intermolecular potential.

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    Burnell, E Elliott; Dong, Ronald Y; C J Weber, Adrian; Yethiraj, Anand

    2014-10-01

    Orientational order parameters determined from (1)H NMR spectroscopy of solutes in liquid crystals that form both nematic and smectic A phases are used to determine the solute smectic A order parameters and the smectic-nematic coupling term. For the analysis, it is necessary to know the nematic part of the potential in the smectic A phase: various ways of extrapolating parameters from the nematic phase to the smectic phase are explored.

  2. Oil and drug control the release rate from lyotropic liquid crystals.

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    Martiel, Isabelle; Baumann, Nicole; Vallooran, Jijo J; Bergfreund, Jotam; Sagalowicz, Laurent; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-04-28

    The control of the diffusion coefficient by the dimensionality d of the structure appears as a most promising lever to efficiently tune the release rate from lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) phases and dispersed particles towards sustained, controlled and targeted release. By using phosphatidylcholine (PC)- and monolinoleine (MLO)-based mesophases with various apolar structural modifiers and water-soluble drugs, we present a comprehensive study of the dimensional structural control of hydrophilic drug release, including 3-d bicontinuous cubic, 2-d lamellar, 1-d hexagonal and 0-d micellar cubic phases in excess water. We investigate how the surfactant, the oil properties and the drug hydrophilicity mitigate or even cancel the effect of structure variation on the drug release rate. Unexpectedly, the observed behavior cannot be fully explained by the thermodynamic partition of the drug into the lipid matrix, which points out to previously overlooked kinetic effects. We therefore interpret our results by discussing the mechanism of structural control of the diffusion rate in terms of drug permeation through the lipid membrane, which includes exchange kinetics. A wide range of implications follow regarding formulation and future developments, both for dispersed LLC delivery systems and topical applications in bulk phase.

  3. Oil and drug control the release rate from lyotropic liquid crystals.

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    Martiel, Isabelle; Baumann, Nicole; Vallooran, Jijo J; Bergfreund, Jotam; Sagalowicz, Laurent; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-04-28

    The control of the diffusion coefficient by the dimensionality d of the structure appears as a most promising lever to efficiently tune the release rate from lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLC) phases and dispersed particles towards sustained, controlled and targeted release. By using phosphatidylcholine (PC)- and monolinoleine (MLO)-based mesophases with various apolar structural modifiers and water-soluble drugs, we present a comprehensive study of the dimensional structural control of hydrophilic drug release, including 3-d bicontinuous cubic, 2-d lamellar, 1-d hexagonal and 0-d micellar cubic phases in excess water. We investigate how the surfactant, the oil properties and the drug hydrophilicity mitigate or even cancel the effect of structure variation on the drug release rate. Unexpectedly, the observed behavior cannot be fully explained by the thermodynamic partition of the drug into the lipid matrix, which points out to previously overlooked kinetic effects. We therefore interpret our results by discussing the mechanism of structural control of the diffusion rate in terms of drug permeation through the lipid membrane, which includes exchange kinetics. A wide range of implications follow regarding formulation and future developments, both for dispersed LLC delivery systems and topical applications in bulk phase. PMID:25744826

  4. Lyotropic liquid crystalline phases formed from glycerate surfactants as sustained release drug delivery systems.

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    Boyd, Ben J; Whittaker, Darryl V; Khoo, Shui-Mei; Davey, Greg

    2006-02-17

    A new class of surfactants with glycerate headgroups, that form viscous lyotropic liquid crystalline phases in excess water, have been investigated for their potential to provide sustained release matrices for depot drug delivery. Oleyl glycerate and phytanyl glycerate were used as representative surfactants of this new class, and their behaviour compared with that of glyceryl monooleate (GMO). The surfactants were found to form reverse hexagonal phase (H(II)) in excess water, and the matrices were loaded with a series of model hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs, (paclitaxel, irinotecan, glucose, histidine and octreotide), and the release kinetics determined. In all cases, the release behaviour obeyed Higuchi kinetics, with linear drug release versus square root of time. The H(II) phases released model drugs slower than the GMO cubic phase matrix. The oleyl glycerate matrix was found to consistently release drug faster than the phytanyl glycerate matrix, despite both matrices being based on H(II) phase. To further demonstrate the potential utility of these materials as drug depot delivery systems, an injectable precursor formulation for octreotide was also prepared and demonstrated to provide controlled release for the peptide. The stability of the H(II) phase to likely in vivo breakdown products was also assessed.

  5. Structural characterization of lyotropic liquid crystals containing a dendrimer for solubilization and release of gallic acid.

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    Bitan-Cherbakovsky, Liron; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2013-12-01

    The role of 2nd generation polypropyleneimine (PPIG2) dendrimer in controlling the release of gallic acid (GA) as a model drug from lyotropic liquid crystal was explored. GA (0.2wt%) was solubilized in three types of mesophases: lamellar (Lα), cubic (space group of Ia3d, Q(G)), and reverse hexagonal (HII), composed of GMO and water (and d-α-tocopherol, or tricaprylin in the case of HII mesophases). Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) along with UV spectrophotometry were utilized to elucidate the structure modifications and release resulting from the cosolubilization of GA and PPIG2. Solubilization of PPIG2 into Lα and Q(G) phases caused transformation of both structures to HII. The diffusion of GA out of the mesophases was found to be dependent on water content and PPIG2 concentration. Rapid release from Lα+PPIG2 and Q(G)+PPIG2 mesophases was recorded. The release from both HII mixtures (with d-α-tocopherol and tricaprylin) was shown to be dependent on the type of oil. Release studies conducted for 72h showed that GA release can be modulated and sustained by the presence of PPIG2, supposedly due to the electrostatic interactions between the dendrimer and the drug molecule.

  6. Nematic liquid crystal boojums with handles on colloidal handlebodies

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    Liu, Qingkun; Senyuk, Bohdan; Tasinkevych, Mykola; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    2013-01-01

    Topological defects that form on surfaces of ordered media, dubbed boojums, are ubiquitous in superfluids, liquid crystals (LCs), Langmuir monolayers, and Bose–Einstein condensates. They determine supercurrents in superfluids, impinge on electrooptical switching in polymer-dispersed LCs, and mediate chemical response at nematic-isotropic fluid interfaces, but the role of surface topology in the appearance, stability, and core structure of these defects remains poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate robust generation of boojums by controlling surface topology of colloidal particles that impose tangential boundary conditions for the alignment of LC molecules. To do this, we design handlebody-shaped polymer particles with different genus g. When introduced into a nematic LC, these particles distort the nematic molecular alignment field while obeying topological constraints and induce at least 2g − 2 boojums that allow for topological charge conservation. We characterize 3D textures of boojums using polarized nonlinear optical imaging of molecular alignment and explain our findings by invoking symmetry considerations and numerical modeling of experiment-matching director fields, order parameter variations, and nontrivial handle-shaped core structure of defects. Finally, we discuss how this interplay between the topologies of colloidal surfaces and boojums may lead to controlled self-assembly of colloidal particles in nematic and paranematic hosts, which, in turn, may enable reconfigurable topological composites. PMID:23690605

  7. Optical Fluctuation of Texture in Nematic Liquid Crystal Droplets

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    Kim, Sung-Jo; Back, Sang-In; Lev, Bohdan; Kim, Jong-Hyun

    2016-07-01

    We report the observation of texture of a nematic liquid crystal droplet using a high-speed camera mounted on a polarizing optical microscope. The dark crossed texture obtained by the polarizing optical microscope of a nematic liquid crystal droplet has texture wobbles, which are related to the director field fluctuation excited by thermal energy. We confirm relaxation and oscillation modes. An exact solution of the director fluctuation modes with one-constant approximation and an external electric field is proposed. The theoretical predictions of the relaxation time match with our experimental results when varying the temperature, droplet size, and electric field. Relaxation time was insensitive to the temperature, increased with radius of droplet and slightly decreased with electric field. Several oscillation modes, which have no specific trend, were also found. The external electric field freezes the oscillation modes.

  8. Photorefractivity in crosslinked polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals.

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    Wiederrecht, G. P.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Chemistry; Northwestern Univ.

    1999-03-01

    The observation of photorefractive gratings in new crosslinked polymer-stabilized liquid crystals (PSLCs) is discussed and compared to previous PSLCs. The PSLCs easily incorporate reduced or oxidized molecules that are present in a nematic liquid crystal at a concentration of 2 mol%. The PSLCs that are crosslinked provide improved photo-refractive grating resolution, due to their improved functionality as an immobile electron trap. These materials are capable of functioning well into the Bragg diffraction regime. Photoconductivity experiments that support the photorefractive mechanism and a different charge transport mechanism than neat liquid crystals are also performed.

  9. Electrical Freedericksz transitions in nematic liquid crystals containing ferroelectric nanoparticles

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    Cîrtoaje, Cristina; Petrescu, Emil; Stoian, Victor

    2015-03-01

    A new theoretical approach was elaborated to explain the contradictions reported in many papers about the electric threshold for Freedericksz transition in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) with ferroparticles additives. The free energy density of the mixture was estimated and the contributions of the interaction energy of NLC molecules with ferroparticles surface were calculated. Experimental results for 5CB-BaTiO3 mixture are given.

  10. Metric approach for sound propagation in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Pereira, E; Fumeron, S; Moraes, F

    2013-02-01

    In the eikonal approach, we describe sound propagation near topological defects of nematic liquid crystals as geodesics of a non-Euclidian manifold endowed with an effective metric tensor. The relation between the acoustics of the medium and this geometrical description is given by Fermat's principle. We calculate the ray trajectories and propose a diffraction experiment to retrieve information about the elastic constants. PMID:23496534

  11. Polarity-dependent dielectric torque in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Gu, Mingxia; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2008-06-13

    The dielectric dispersion in the uniaxial nematic liquid crystals affects the switching dynamics of the director, as the dielectric torque is determined by not only the present values of the electric field and director but also by their past values. We demonstrate that this "dielectric memory" leads to an unusual contribution to the dielectric torque that is linear in the present field and thus polarity sensitive. This torque can be used to accelerate the "switch-off" phase of director dynamics.

  12. Transparent nematic phase in a liquid-crystal-based microemulsion.

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    Yamamoto, J; Tanaka, H

    2001-01-18

    Complex fluids are usually produced by mixing together several distinct components, the interactions between which can give rise to unusual optical and rheological properties of the system as a whole. For example, the properties of microemulsions (composed of water, oil and surfactants) are determined by the microscopic structural organization of the fluid that occurs owing to phase separation of the component elements. Here we investigate the effect of introducing an additional organizing factor into such a fluid system, by replacing the oil component of a conventional water-in-oil microemulsion with an intrinsically anisotropic fluid--a nematic liquid crystal. As with the conventional case, the fluid phase-separates into an emulsion of water microdroplets (stabilized by the surfactant as inverse micelles) dispersed in the 'oil' phase. But the properties are further influenced by a significant directional coupling between the liquid-crystal molecules and the surfactant tails that emerge (essentially radially) from the micelles. The result is a modified bulk-liquid crystal that is an ordered nematic at the mesoscopic level, but which does not exhibit the strong light scattering generally associated with bulk nematic order: the bulk material here is essentially isotropic and thus transparent.

  13. Photoluminescence analysis of self induced planer alignment in azo dye dispersed nematic liquid crystal complex

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    Kumar, Rishi Sood, Srishti Raina, K. K.

    2014-04-24

    We have developed azo dye doped nematic liquid crystal complex for advanced photonic liquid crystal display technology aspects. Disperse orange azo dye self introduced planer alignment in the nematic liquid crystal without any surface anchoring treatment. Planer alignment was characterized by optical polarizing microscopy. The electro-optical switching response of dye disperse planer aligned nematic cell was investigated as a function of applied voltage with the help of photoluminescence spectrophotometer for the tuning of photoluminescence contrast.

  14. Thermal Characterization of Thermotropic Nematic Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers

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    Thomas, David; Cardarelli, Matt; Sanchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mbanga, Badel L.; Atherton, Timothy J.; Cebe, Peggy

    Nematic Liquid-Crystallline Elastomers (LCEs) are weakly crosslinked polymeric networks that exhibit rubber elasticity and liquid-crystalline orientational order due to the presence of mesogenic groups. Three end-on side-chain nematic LCEs were investigated using real-time synchrotron wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetry (TG) to correlate thermal behavior with structural and chemical differences among them. The elastomers differed in crosslinking density and mesogen composition. Thermally reversible glass transition temperature, Tg, and nematic-to-isotropic transition temperature, Tni, were observed upon heating and cooling for all samples. By varying the heating rate, Tg0 and Tni0 were determined at zero heating rate. The temperature dependence of the orientational order parameter was determined from the anisotropic azimuthal angular distribution of the equatorial reflection seen during real-time WAXS experiments. Our results show that the choice of crosslinking unit, its shape, density, as well as the structure of co-monomers, all influence the temperature range over which the thermal transitions take place.

  15. Dual-frequency addressed hybrid-aligned nematic liquid crystal

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    Lu, Yan-Qing; Liang, Xiao; Wu, Yung-Hsun; Du, Fang; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2004-10-01

    Dual-frequency addressed hybrid-aligned nematic (HAN) liquid crystal cell is demonstrated as a variable optical attenuator at 1.55μm wavelength. By controlling the low- and high-frequency electric field, the dual-frequency liquid crystal (DFLC) molecules can be reoriented parallel or perpendicular to the substrates so that the maximum obtainable phase modulation is doubled. In comparison to a homogeneous cell, the DFLC HAN cell shows a lower operating voltage and faster response time. Furthermore, the DFLC HAN cell exhibits three stable states that have some applications such as ternary photonic devices.

  16. Observation of large nematic domains of discotic liquid crystals

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    Shinde, Abhijeet; Wang, Xuezhen; Cheng, Zhengdong

    2015-03-01

    Discotic liquid crystals are commonly found in nature in the form of clay, nacre. They are technologically important in applications such as conductive polymers, semiconductors and photovoltaics. Size and its distribution play an important role in their self-assemblies. Here we observed large nematic domains of discotic liquid crystals grown on a time scale of months. The development of such domains is observed to be faster for nanodisks that relatively smaller in size. The orientation of nanodisks is affected by gravity and inter-particle interactions which are yet to be fully understood.

  17. Polypeptide-Coated Silica Particles Dispersed in Lyotropic Liquid Crystals of the Same Polypeptide.

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    Rosu, Cornelia; Balamurugan, Sreelatha; Cueto, Rafael; Roy, Amitava; Russo, Paul S

    2016-07-28

    When a particle is introduced into a liquid crystal (LC), it distorts the LC director field, leading to new arrangements of the particles. This phenomenon is ordinarily studied using >100 nm particles and ∼2 nm mesogens. Usually the particle surface and mesogens are chemically distinct, which adds an enthalpic effect, even though the more interesting interactions are entropic. To raise the structures to the visible regime, while minimizing chemical differences between the particle surface and mesogen, silica particles coated with an α-helical polypeptide have been prepared and dispersed in lyotropic polypeptide LCs. The polypeptide is poly(γ-stearyl-α,l-glutamate) or PSLG. To make the particles easy to manipulate and easy to find, the silica core included superparamagnetic magnetite (Fe3O4) and covalently attached dye. Two methods were used to place polypeptides on these magnetic, fluorescent particles: a multistep grafting-to approach in which whole polypeptides were attached and a one-pot grafting-from approach in which the polymerization of the monomers was initiated from the particle surface. These approaches resulted in sparse and dense surface coverages, respectively. The influence of surface curvature and polypeptide molecular weight on the design of sparsely covered particles was investigated using the grafting-to approach. The aggregated grafting-from particles when freshly dispersed in a PSLG/solvent matrix disrupted the orientation of the characteristic cholesteric LC (ChLC) phase directors. In time, the hybrid particles were expelled from some domains, enabling the return of the familiar helical twist of the cholesteric mesophase. The sparsely coated grafting-to hybrid particles when inserted in the PSLG/solvent matrix assembled into stable islet-like formations that could not be disrupted even by an external magnetic field. The bulk particles aligned in chains that were easily manipulated by a magnetic field. These results indicate that

  18. Structural behavior and interactions of dendrimer within lyotropic liquid crystals, monitored by EPR spectroscopy and rheology.

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    Bitan-Cherbakovsky, Liron; Libster, Dima; Ottaviani, Maria Francesca; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2012-03-01

    Micro- and macrostructural behaviors of three different lyotropic liquid crystals (LLCs) loaded with a dendrimer, namely second generation poly(propylene imine) (PPI-G2), were studied by means of rheology and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The three mesophases were L(α), Q(224), and H(II) composed of glycerol monooleate (GMO) and water-PPI-G2 solution (and d-α-tocopherol (vitamin E) in the case of H(II)). We characterized the impact of PPI-G2 interactions with the components of the host mesophases on their structural characteristics on different length scales. The incorporation of PPI-G2 within the L(α) and H(II) systems induced the formation of more elastic hexagonal systems with a "solidlike" behavior, while in the Q(224) system a different trend with a "liquidlike" behavior was observed. As a result, the dendrimer induced a remarkable change in both the structural and viscoelastic properties of the systems. Hence, the microenvironment in the interface region within the systems was monitored by computer-aided EPR using 5-doxylstearic acid (5-DSA) as a pH-dependent probe. The microviscosity (τ) and order (S) of systems were found to be sensitive to the PPI-G2 presence: when PPI-G2 concentration increased, τ and S increased in both the L(α) and Q(224) systems. In the H(II) systems two trends were observed, reflecting a decrease in τ and S up to 10 wt % PPI-G2 and subsequently their increase at higher dendrimer concentrations. It was assessed that PPI-G2 interacted strongly with the GMO hydroxyl groups in the L(α) phase, with the water molecules in the Q(224) systems. In the H(II) mesophase strong interactions with both the water and GMO hydroxyl molecules were detected.

  19. Material Flows in an Active Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Decamp, Stephen; Redner, Gabriel; Baskaran, Aparna; Hagan, Michael; Dogic, Zvonimir

    Active matter systems are composed of energy consuming constituent components which drive far-from-equilibrium dynamics. As such, active materials exhibit energetic states which would be unfavorable in passive, equilibrium materials. We study one such material; an active nematic liquid crystal which exists in a dynamical steady state where +/-1/2 defects are continuously generated and annihilated at a constant rate. The active nematic is composed of micron-sized microtubule filaments which are highly concentrated into a quasi-2D film that resides on an oil-water interface. Kinesin motor proteins drive inter-filament sliding which results in net extensile motion of the microtubule film. Notably, we find a mesophase in which motile +1/2 defects, acquire system-spanning orientational order. Currently, we are tracking material flows generated by the active stresses in the system to measure length scales at which energy is dissipated, and to measure the relation between internally generated flows and bend in the nematic field.

  20. Topological transitions in unidirectional flow of nematic liquid crystal

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    Cummings, Linda; Anderson, Thomas; Mema, Ensela; Kondic, Lou

    2015-11-01

    Recent experiments by Sengupta et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 2013) revealed interesting transitions that can occur in flow of nematic liquid crystal under carefully controlled conditions within a long microfluidic channel of rectangular cross-section, with homeotropic anchoring at the walls. At low flow rates the director field of the nematic adopts a configuration that is dominated by the surface anchoring, being nearly parallel to the channel height direction over most of the cross-section; but at high flow rates there is a transition to a flow-dominated state, where the director configuration at the channel centerline is aligned with the flow (perpendicular to the channel height direction). We analyze simple channel-flow solutions to the Leslie-Ericksen model for nematics. We demonstrate that two solutions exist, at all flow rates, but that there is a transition between the elastic free energies of these solutions: the anchoring-dominated solution has the lowest energy at low flow rates, and the flow-dominated solution has lowest energy at high flow rates. NSF DMS 1211713.

  1. Nematic quantum liquid crystals of bosons in frustrated lattices

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    Zhu, Guanyu; Koch, Jens; Martin, Ivar

    2016-04-01

    The problem of interacting bosons in frustrated lattices is an intricate one due to the absence of a unique minimum in the single-particle dispersion where macroscopic number of bosons can condense. Here, we consider a family of tight-binding models with macroscopically degenerate lowest energy bands, separated from other bands by a gap. We predict the formation of exotic states that spontaneously break rotational symmetry at relatively low filling. These states belong to three nematic phases: Wigner crystal, supersolid, and superfluid. The Wigner crystal phase is established exactly at low filling. Supersolid and superfluid phases, at larger filling, are obtained by making use of a projection onto the flat band, construction of an appropriate Wannier basis, and subsequent mean-field treatment. The nematic superfluid that we predict is uniform in real space but has an anisotropic momentum distribution, providing a novel scenario for Bose condensation with an additional nematic order. Our findings open up a promising direction of studying microscopic quantum liquid crystalline phases of bosons.

  2. Chromonic liquid crystalline phase transition involving a biphasic region of nematic and hexagonal phases

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    Govindaiah, T. N.; Sreepad, H. R.

    2015-02-01

    We report the results of our studies on the optical and thermal properties of binary mixture of two compounds viz. abietic acid and poly ethylene glycol (PEG). The mixture shows a very interesting co-existent biphasic region of lyotropic nematic (N + I) and intermediate hexagonal (M + I) phases, sequentially when the specimen is cooled from its isotropic phase at different concentrations of abietic acid in PEG. The aggregated molecular size has been confirmed by X-ray studies. The temperature variation of optical anisotropy, electrical conductivity, ultrasonic velocity, and molar and adiabatic compressibility has also been discussed.

  3. Propylammonium nitrate as a solvent for amphiphile self-assembly into micelles, lyotropic liquid crystals, and microemulsions.

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    Atkin, Rob; Bobillier, Sophie M C; Warr, Gregory G

    2010-01-28

    The phase behavior and self-assembled microstructures of a range of oligo(oxyethylene)-n-alkyl ether (C(i)E(j)) surfactants has been investigated in propylammonium nitrate (PAN), a room temperature ionic liquid. Micelles and single-phase microemulsions were all found to form at alkyl chain lengths from dodecyl to octadecyl, and lyotropic liquid crystals formed with hexadecyl chains or longer. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) shows that self-assembly occurs by solvophobic interactions driving the aggregation of the alkyl chains, but several results indicate that these are weaker in PAN than in water or ethylammonium nitrate, due chiefly to the hydrophobicity of PAN. Longer alkyl chains are needed for lyotropic liquid crystals to form, and higher surfactant concentrations are needed to form a single phase microemulsion. Conductivity shows these microemulsions to be weakly structured, and relatively insensitive to oil or surfactant molecular structure, unlike water-based systems. However, SANS contrast variation reveals a nanosegregation of oil from the alkyl tails of surfactants within the microemulsion, and may suggest a cosurfactant-like role for the propylammonium cation. Molecular areas within microemulsions and lamellar phases are larger than corresponding water- or ethylammonium nitrate-based systems due to the large molecular volume of the solvating PANs. PMID:20039680

  4. Flexoelectricity in an oxadiazole bent-core nematic liquid crystal

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    Kaur, S. Panov, V. P.; Gleeson, H. F.; Greco, C.; Ferrarini, A.; Görtz, V.; Goodby, J. W.

    2014-12-01

    We have determined experimentally the magnitude of the difference in the splay and bend flexoelectric coefficients, |e{sub 1} − e{sub 3}|, of an oxadiazole bent-core liquid crystal by measuring the critical voltage for the formation of flexodomains together with their wave number. The coefficient |e{sub 1} − e{sub 3}| is found to be a factor of 2–3 times higher than in most conventional calamitic nematic liquid crystals, varying from 8 pCm{sup −1} to 20 pCm{sup −1} across the ∼60 K—wide nematic regime. We have also calculated the individual flexoelectric coefficients e{sub 1} and e{sub 3}, with the dipolar and quadrupolar contributions of the bent-core liquid crystal by combining density functional theory calculations with a molecular field approach and atomistic modelling. Interestingly, the magnitude of the bend flexoelectric coefficient is found to be rather small, in contrast to common expectations for bent-core molecules. The calculations are in excellent agreement with the experimental values, offering an insight into how molecular parameters contribute to the flexoelectric coefficients and illustrating a huge potential for the prediction of flexoelectric behaviour in bent-core liquid crystals.

  5. Thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Yin, Y; Shiyanovskii, S V; Lavrentovich, O D

    2007-03-01

    We report on a thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystals (LCs) caused by the anisotropic nature of dielectric heating and director reorientation in an electric field. The bistability is a result of the positive feedback loop: director reorientation --> anisotropic dielectric heating --> dielectric anisotrophy --> director reorientation. We demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically that two states with different temperature and director orientation, namely, a cold planar state and a hot homeotropic state coexist in a LC cell for a certain frequency and amplitude range of the applied voltage.

  6. Thermodielectric Bistability in Dual Frequency Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Yin, Y.; Shiyanovskii, S. V.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2007-03-01

    We report on a thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystals (LCs) caused by the anisotropic nature of dielectric heating and director reorientation in an electric field. The bistability is a result of the positive feedback loop: director reorientation → anisotropic dielectric heating → dielectric anisotrophy → director reorientation. We demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically that two states with different temperature and director orientation, namely, a cold planar state and a hot homeotropic state coexist in a LC cell for a certain frequency and amplitude range of the applied voltage.

  7. Stokes drag on a sphere in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Loudet, J C; Hanusse, P; Poulin, P

    2004-11-26

    The Stokes-Einstein relation relates the diffusion coefficient of a spherical Brownian particle in a viscous fluid to its friction coefficient. For a particle suspended in anisotropic liquid, theory predicts that the drag coefficient should also be anisotropic. Using video microscopy coupled with particle tracking routines, the Brownian fluctuations of micrometer-sized particles were analyzed to yield a quantitative measurement of the diffusion coefficients parallel and perpendicular to the nematic director. The experimental values agree quite well with recent numerical calculations that take into account the distortions of the director field in the vicinity of the particles.

  8. Thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Yin, Y; Shiyanovskii, S V; Lavrentovich, O D

    2007-03-01

    We report on a thermodielectric bistability in dual frequency nematic liquid crystals (LCs) caused by the anisotropic nature of dielectric heating and director reorientation in an electric field. The bistability is a result of the positive feedback loop: director reorientation --> anisotropic dielectric heating --> dielectric anisotrophy --> director reorientation. We demonstrate both experimentally and theoretically that two states with different temperature and director orientation, namely, a cold planar state and a hot homeotropic state coexist in a LC cell for a certain frequency and amplitude range of the applied voltage. PMID:17359197

  9. Surfactant-induced nematic wetting layer at a thermotropic liquid crystal/water interface.

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    Bahr, Ch

    2006-03-01

    An ellipsometric study of the interface between a thermotropic liquid crystal and water near the nematic-isotropic phase transition of the liquid crystal is presented. At temperatures above the transition, a nematic wetting layer appears at the interface if the water phase contains a surfactant inducing a homeotropic alignment of the nematic phase. The detailed behavior is significantly influenced by the concentration of the surfactant. The results can be described by a Landau model of nematic wetting in which the surfactant concentration tunes the magnitude of an ordering interface potential. PMID:16605490

  10. Substrate-induced gliding in a nematic liquid crystal layer

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    Mema, E.; Kondic, L.; Cummings, L. J.

    2015-12-01

    We consider the interaction between nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) and polymer substrates. Such substrates can interact with NLCs, exhibiting a phenomenon known as director gliding: the preferred orientation of the NLC molecules at the interface changes on time scales that are slow relative to the elastic relaxation time scale of the NLC. We present two models for gliding, inspired by experiments that investigate the interaction between the NLC and a polymer substrate. These models, though simple, lead to nontrivial results, including loss of bistability under gliding. Perhaps surprisingly, we find that externally imposed switching between the steady states of a bistable system may reverse the effect of gliding, preventing loss of bistability if switching is sufficiently frequent. Our findings may be of relevance to a variety of technological applications involving liquid crystal devices, and particularly to a new generation of flexible liquid crystal displays that implement polymeric substrates.

  11. Simulation of coherent backscattering of light in nematic liquid crystals

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    Aksenova, E. V. Kokorin, D. I. Romanov, V. P.

    2012-08-15

    Multiple scattering of light by the fluctuations of the director in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) aligned by a magnetic field is considered. A peak of coherent backscattering is calculated by numerical simulation. Since the indicatrix of single scattering for a liquid crystal (LC) is known exactly, the calculations are carried out without any simplifying assumptions on the parameters of the liquid crystal. Multiple scattering is simulated as a random walk of photons in the medium. A peak of coherent backscattering in such a medium is very narrow; therefore, the so-called semianalytical method is applied. The parameters of the backscattering peak obtained by numerical simulation are compared with the available experimental data and with the results of analytical approximations. It turns out that the experimental data are in good agreement with the results of simulation. The results of numerical simulation adequately describe the anisotropy and the width of the backscattering peak.

  12. Dendritic Growth in Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Martin, Joshua; Garg, Shila

    2000-03-01

    The experimental study of the onset of electrohydrodynamic convection (EHC) through a dendritic growth is reported. If a magnetic Freedericksz-distorted liquid crystal of negative dielectric anisotropy is subjected to an electric field parallel to the magnetic field, EHC sets in through the nucleation of dendrites [1,2]. Measurements of tip speeds of the dendrites as a function of applied voltage at a fixed magnetic field are made. The goal is to explore the effect of the magnetic and electric fields on the dendritic growth. In addition, pattern dynamics is monitored once the final state of spatio-temporal chaos is reached by the system. [1] J. T. Gleeson, Nature 385, 511 (1997). [2] J. T. Gleeson, Physica A 239, 211 (1997). This research was supported by NSF grants DMR 9704579 and DMR 9619406.

  13. Factors affecting order, photopolymerization behavior, and nanostructure development of reactive lyotropic liquid crystals

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    Sievens Figueroa, Lucas

    2009-10-01

    Polymerization of reactive lyotropic liquid crystals (LLC) provides a facile means for the synthesis of nanostructured organic materials. In this work the photopolymerization kinetics and polymer structure evolution have been investigated. By studying the polymerization behavior and the order retention after polymerization, the contribution of the type of reactive surfactant, cross-linking, pH, and ionic strength on the LLC order preservation has been determined. Polymerization rates are higher in more highly ordered LLC phases compared to isotropic phases. In turn, reactive LLC phases that exhibit higher reaction rates also preserve the order to a greater extent during polymerization. Reactive surfactants with longer aliphatic tails exhibit lower order and lower reaction rates. The polymerization kinetics are highly driven by segregation of the reactive groups. Lower polymerization rates are observed in isotropic discontinuous phases for the surfactant monomer bearing the reactive group near the polar head while the opposite behavior is observed for surfactant monomer bearing the reactive group in the aliphatic tail. The effect of polymerization kinetics on the resulting polymer order has also been determined using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). By using high light intensity and a more efficient initiator, the LLC order is more likely to be retained after polymerization. LLC phases that exhibit higher degrees of order are formed at low ionic strength and low pH. Higher polymerization rates are observed as the ionic strength increases due to an increase in the propagation rate. Higher polymerization rates are also observed as the pH increases due to an increase in the propagation rates and decrease in termination rates. The addition of a crosslinker enables the retention of LLC phases after polymerization. Competing effects between crosslinking and order are observed in the polymerization kinetics as a decrease in polymerization rate is observed at high

  14. Complex dendrimer-lyotropic liquid crystalline systems: structural behavior and interactions.

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    Bitan-Cherbakovsky, Liron; Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2011-10-27

    The incorporation of dendrimer into three lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLCs) mesophases is demonstrated for the first time. A second generation (G2) of poly(propylene imine) dendrimer (PPI) was solubilized into lamellar, diamond reverse cubic, and reverse hexagonal LLCs composed of glycerol monooleate (GMO), and water (and D-α-tocopherol in the H(II) system). The combination of PPI with LLCs may provide an advantageous drug delivery system. Cross-polarized light microscope, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) were utilized to study the structural behavior of the mesophases, the localization of PPI within the system, and the interactions between the guest molecule and the system's components. It was revealed that PPI-G2 functioned as a "water pump", competing with the lipid headgroups for water binding. As a result, L(α)→H(II) and Q(224)→H(II) structural shifts were detected (at 10 wt % PPI-G2 content), probably caused by the dehydration of monoolein headgroups and subsequent increase of the lipid's critical packing parameter (CPP). In the case of H(II), as a result of the balance between the dehydration of the monoolein headgroups and the significant presence of PPI within the interfacial region, increasing the quantity of hydrogen bonds, no structural transitions occurred. ATR-FTIR analysis demonstrated a downward shift of the H-O-H (water), as a result of PPI-G2 embedment, suggesting an increase in the mean water-water H-bond angle resulting from binding PPI-G2 to the water network. Additionally, the GMO hydroxyl groups at β- and γ-C-OH positions revealed a partial interaction of hydrogen bonds with N-H functional groups of the protonated PPI-G2. Other GMO interfacial functional groups were shown to interact with the PPI-G2, in parallel with the GMO dehydration phenomenon. In the future, these outcomes can be used to design advanced drug delivery systems, allowing administration of

  15. Complex dendrimer-lyotropic liquid crystalline systems: structural behavior and interactions.

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    Bitan-Cherbakovsky, Liron; Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2011-10-27

    The incorporation of dendrimer into three lyotropic liquid crystalline (LLCs) mesophases is demonstrated for the first time. A second generation (G2) of poly(propylene imine) dendrimer (PPI) was solubilized into lamellar, diamond reverse cubic, and reverse hexagonal LLCs composed of glycerol monooleate (GMO), and water (and D-α-tocopherol in the H(II) system). The combination of PPI with LLCs may provide an advantageous drug delivery system. Cross-polarized light microscope, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) were utilized to study the structural behavior of the mesophases, the localization of PPI within the system, and the interactions between the guest molecule and the system's components. It was revealed that PPI-G2 functioned as a "water pump", competing with the lipid headgroups for water binding. As a result, L(α)→H(II) and Q(224)→H(II) structural shifts were detected (at 10 wt % PPI-G2 content), probably caused by the dehydration of monoolein headgroups and subsequent increase of the lipid's critical packing parameter (CPP). In the case of H(II), as a result of the balance between the dehydration of the monoolein headgroups and the significant presence of PPI within the interfacial region, increasing the quantity of hydrogen bonds, no structural transitions occurred. ATR-FTIR analysis demonstrated a downward shift of the H-O-H (water), as a result of PPI-G2 embedment, suggesting an increase in the mean water-water H-bond angle resulting from binding PPI-G2 to the water network. Additionally, the GMO hydroxyl groups at β- and γ-C-OH positions revealed a partial interaction of hydrogen bonds with N-H functional groups of the protonated PPI-G2. Other GMO interfacial functional groups were shown to interact with the PPI-G2, in parallel with the GMO dehydration phenomenon. In the future, these outcomes can be used to design advanced drug delivery systems, allowing administration of

  16. A Numerical Investigation on Configurational Distortions in Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Pandolfi, Anna; Napoli, Gaetano

    2011-10-01

    When subjected to magnetic or electric fields, nematic liquid crystals confined between two parallel glass plates and initially uniformly oriented may undergo homogeneous one-dimensional spatial distortions (Fréedericksz and Zolina, Trans. Faraday Soc. 29:919, 1933) or periodic distortions (Lonberg and Meyer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 55(7):718-721, 1985; and Srajer et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 67(9):1102-1105, 1991). According to the experimental observations, periodic phases are stable configurations at intermediate intensity of the acting field, while homogeneous phases are stable at higher strengths. We present a fully nonlinear finite element approach able to describe homogeneous and periodic configurational phases in a cell of confined nematic liquid crystal with strong planar anchoring boundary conditions. Stationary configurations are obtained by setting to zero the first variation of the discretized total energy of the system. Unstable configurations are identified by evaluating the behavior of the solution under small numerical perturbations. Numerical calculations are able to describe the evolution of the configurational distortions as a function of the applied field and are able to capture the critical points between homogeneous and periodic phases. The proposed approach has been proved to be an excellent tool to predict the existence of unstable or metastable distortions, characterized by higher energy levels.

  17. Intrinsic frame transport for a model of nematic liquid crystal

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    Cozzini, S.; Rull, L. F.; Ciccotti, G.; Paolini, G. V.

    1997-02-01

    We present a computer simulation study of the dynamical properties of a nematic liquid crystal model. The diffusional motion of the nematic director is taken into account in our calculations in order to give a proper estimate of the transport coefficients. Differently from other groups we do not attempt to stabilize the director through rigid constraints or applied external fields. We instead define an intrinsic frame which moves along with the director at each step of the simulation. The transport coefficients computed in the intrinsic frame are then compared against the ones calculated in the fixed laboratory frame, to show the inadequacy of the latter for systems with less than 500 molecules. Using this general scheme on the Gay-Berne liquid crystal model, we evidence the natural motion of the director and attempt to quantify its intrinsic time scale and size dependence. Through extended simulations of systems of different size we calculate the diffusion and viscosity coefficients of this model and compare our results with values previously obtained with fixed director.

  18. Dielectrophoretic manipulation of the mixture of isotropic and nematic liquid

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    Kim, Soo-Dong; Lee, Bomi; Kang, Shin-Woong; Song, Jang-Kun

    2015-01-01

    In various applications involving liquid crystals, the manipulation of the nanoscale molecular assembly and microscale director alignment is highly useful. Here we show that a nematic–isotropic mixture, a unique bi-liquid system, has potential for the fabrication of microstructures having an ordered phase within a disordered phase, or vice versa. The volume expansion and shrinkage, migration, splitting, mergence and elongation of one phase within the other are easily accomplished via thermal treatment and dielectrophoretic manipulation. This is particularly achievable when one phase is suspended in the middle. In that case, a highly biased ordered-phase preference of surfaces, that is, the nematic-philic nature of a polyimide layer and the nematic-phobic nature of a self-assembled monolayer of chlorosilane derivatives, is used. Further, by combining this approach with photopolymerization, the patterned microstructure is solidified as a patterned polymer film having both isotropic and anisotropic molecular arrangements simultaneously, or as a template with a morphological variation. PMID:26242251

  19. Retrieving the saddle-splay elastic constant K24 of nematic liquid crystals from an algebraic approach.

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    Fumeron, Sébastien; Moraes, Fernando; Pereira, Erms

    2016-09-01

    The physics of light interference experiments is well established for nematic liquid crystals. Using well-known techniques, it is possible to obtain important quantities, such as the differential scattering cross section and the saddl-splay elastic constant K24. However, the usual methods to retrieve the latter involve adjusting of computational parameters through visual comparisons between the experimental light interference pattern or a (2) H-NMR spectral pattern produced by an escaped-radial disclination, and their computational simulation counterparts. To avoid such comparisons, we develop an algebraic method for obtaining of saddle-splay elastic constant K24. Considering an escaped-radial disclination inside a capillary tube with radius R0 of tens of micrometers, we use a metric approach to study the propagation of the light (in the scalar wave approximation), near the surface of the tube and to determine the light interference pattern due to the defect. The latter is responsible for the existence of a well-defined interference peak associated to a unique angle [Formula: see text] . Since this angle depends on factors such as refractive indexes, curvature elastic constants, anchoring regime, surface anchoring strength and radius R0, the measurement of [Formula: see text] from the interference experiments involving two different radii allows us to algebraically retrieve K24. Our method allowed us to give the first reported estimation of K24 for the lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal Sunset Yellow FCF: K 24 = 2.1 pN.

  20. Retrieving the saddle-splay elastic constant K24 of nematic liquid crystals from an algebraic approach.

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    Fumeron, Sébastien; Moraes, Fernando; Pereira, Erms

    2016-09-01

    The physics of light interference experiments is well established for nematic liquid crystals. Using well-known techniques, it is possible to obtain important quantities, such as the differential scattering cross section and the saddl-splay elastic constant K24. However, the usual methods to retrieve the latter involve adjusting of computational parameters through visual comparisons between the experimental light interference pattern or a (2) H-NMR spectral pattern produced by an escaped-radial disclination, and their computational simulation counterparts. To avoid such comparisons, we develop an algebraic method for obtaining of saddle-splay elastic constant K24. Considering an escaped-radial disclination inside a capillary tube with radius R0 of tens of micrometers, we use a metric approach to study the propagation of the light (in the scalar wave approximation), near the surface of the tube and to determine the light interference pattern due to the defect. The latter is responsible for the existence of a well-defined interference peak associated to a unique angle [Formula: see text] . Since this angle depends on factors such as refractive indexes, curvature elastic constants, anchoring regime, surface anchoring strength and radius R0, the measurement of [Formula: see text] from the interference experiments involving two different radii allows us to algebraically retrieve K24. Our method allowed us to give the first reported estimation of K24 for the lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal Sunset Yellow FCF: K 24 = 2.1 pN. PMID:27589980

  1. Chiral power change upon photoisomerization in twisted nematic liquid crystals.

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    Simoncelli, Sabrina; Aramendía, Pedro F

    2015-05-01

    In this work, we use the photoisomerization of azobenzenes, a phenanthrospirooxazine, and a fulgide in a twisted nematic liquid crystalline phase to change the chiral twisting power of the system. The changes are probed by the rotatory power of linearly polarized light. Time resolved and steady state experiments are carried out. The chiral change and the photoisomerization process have similar characteristic recovery times and activation energy, thus probing that the change is induced by the modification in the chemical composition of the photochromic dopant system. The amplitude of the light twisting power change correlates with the order change in the liquid crystal (LC) but not with the modification in the absorption characteristics of the system. This indicates that the driving force of the chiral change is the microscopic order modification in the LC phase that affects the helical pitch of the phase.

  2. Perturbed fundamental solitons in nonlocal uniaxial nematic liquid crystals

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    Strinić, Aleksandra I.; Petrović, Milan S.; Aleksić, Najdan B.; Belić, Milivoj R.

    2013-01-01

    We generate perturbed fundamental solitons in three dimensional highly nonlocal uniaxial nematic liquid crystals in the presence of an externally applied bias voltage, by launching specific Gaussian beams into the liquid crystal cell. In general, launching Gaussians leads to their dispersal for low intensities and small widths, and to their instabilities for high intensities and large widths. Localized solutions in the form of well defined breathing solitons are observed only for the well defined values of the input beam intensity and width, which can be determined by a variational technique. In this case, the oscillating Gaussian beam characteristics are close to the perturbed breathing fundamental soliton solutions, with the characteristics well-predicted by the variational calculation.

  3. New theories for smectic and nematic liquid crystalline polymers

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    Dowell, F.

    1987-01-01

    A summary of results from new statistical-physics theories for both backbone and side-chain liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) and for mixtures with LCPs is presented. Thermodynamic and molecular ordering properties (including odd-even effects) have been calculated as a function of pressure, density, temperature, and molecule chemical structures (including degree of polymerization and the following properties of the chemical structures of the repeat units: lengths and shapes, intra-chain rotation energies, dipole moments, site-site polarizabilities and Lennard-Jones potentials, etc.) in nematic and multiple smectic-A LC phases and in the isotropic liquid phase. These theories can also be applied to combined LCPs. Since these theories have no ad hoc or arbitrarily adjustable parameters, these theories have been used to design new LCPs and new solvents and to predict and explain properties.

  4. Liquid crystal gratings from nematic to blue phase

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    Lu, Yan-qing; Hu, Wei; Lin, Xiao-wen; Srivastava, Abhishek; Chigrinov, Vladimir G.

    2012-10-01

    Some of our recent progress on liquid crystal (LC) gratings, from nematic to blue phase, is reviewed in this invited talk. The first kind of grating is fabricated by periodically adjusting the LC directors to form alternate micro phase retarders and polarization rotators in a cell placed between crossed polarizers. The second one is demonstrated by means of photoalignment technique with alternate orthogonal homogeneously-aligned domains. To improve the response time of the gratings, several approaches are also proposed by using dual-frequency addressed nematic LC, ferroelectric LC and blue phase LC, which shows great performance including high transmittance, polarization independency and submillisecond response. At last, to obtain other controllable LC microstructures rather than simple 1D/2D gratings, we develop a micro-lithography system with a digital micro-mirror device as dynamic mask forms. It may instantly generate arbitrary micro-images on photoalignment layers and further guides the LC molecule orientations. Besides normal phase gratings, more complex patterns such as quasicrystal structures are demonstrated. Some new applications such as tunable multiport optical switching and vector beam generations are expected.

  5. Elastic constants and dynamics in nematic liquid crystals

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    Humpert, Anja; Allen, Michael P.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we present molecular dynamics calculations of the Frank elastic constants, and associated time correlation functions, in nematic liquid crystals. We study two variants of the Gay-Berne potential, and use system sizes of half a million molecules, significantly larger than in previous studies of elastic behaviour. Equilibrium orientational fluctuations in reciprocal (k-) space were calculated, to determine the elastic constants by fitting at low |k|; our results indicate that small system size may be a source of inaccuracy in previous work. Furthermore, the dynamics of the Gay-Berne nematic were studied by calculating time correlation functions of components of the order tensor, together with associated components of the velocity field, for a set of wave vectors k. Confirming our earlier work, we found exponential decay for splay and twist correlations, and oscillatory exponential decay for the bend correlation. In this work, we confirm similar behaviour for the corresponding velocity components. In all cases, the decay rates, and oscillation frequencies, were found to be accurately proportional to k2 for small k, as predicted by the equations of nematodynamics. However, the observation of oscillatory bend fluctuations, and corresponding oscillatory shear flow decay, is in contradiction to the usual assumptions appearing in the literature, and in standard texts. We discuss the advantages and drawbacks of using large systems in these calculations.

  6. Rheological properties of a reentrant nematic liquid crystal

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    Ananthaiah, J.; Rajeswari, M.; Sastry, V. S. S.; Dabrowski, R.; Dhara, Surajit

    2012-07-01

    We report experimental studies on small angle light scattering (SALS), and rheodielectric and electrorheological properties of a binary mixture of octyloxy cyanobiphenyl and hexyloxy cyanobiphenyl liquid crystals. The mixture exhibits nematic (N) to smectic-A (SmA) phase transitions, and then again to a reentrant nematic (NR) phase transition. Rapid shear thinning in the quenched samples in the low shear rate region in the N and SmA phases observed from SALS experiments is attributed to the realignment of the director within the domains. The domains are elongated along the shear direction at higher shear rates. The temperature variation of the effective viscosity and static dielectric constant reveals the changes in the director orientation across N-SmA-NR phase transitions. At a steady shear rate the effective viscosity increases with the electric field in all the phases and saturates at much higher fields. It also exhibits two anomalous peaks across N-SmA-NR phase transitions beyond a particular field. The shear modulus of the SmA phase in an intermediate field is significantly larger than that measured at both low and high fields. This enhanced viscoelasticity of the SmA phase is argued to originate from the increased dislocation density.

  7. Breakup of partially wetting nanoscale nematic liquid films

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    Lam, Michael; Linda Cummings Collaboration; Lou Kondic Collaboration; Te-Sheng Lin Collaboration

    2015-11-01

    The breakup of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) films with thicknesses less than a micrometer is studied. Particular attention is paid to the interplay between the bulk elasticity and the anchoring (boundary) conditions at the substrate and free surface. Within the framework of the long wave approximation, a fourth order nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE) is derived for the free surface height. Numerical simulations of a perturbed flat film show that, depending on the initial average thickness of the film, satellite droplets form and persist on time scales much longer than dewetting. Formulating the model in terms of an effective disjoining pressure (elastic response and van der Waals interaction), simulations further suggest that satellite droplets form when the initial average film thickness corresponds to a positive effective disjoining pressure. Our results may shed light on the so-called ''forbidden film thicknesses'' seen in experiments. Supported by NSF grant DMS-1211713.

  8. Control of the bias tilt angles in nematic liquid crystals

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    Yablonskii, S. V.; Nakayama, K.; Okazaki, S.; Ozaki, M.; Yoshino, K.; Palto, S. P.; Baranovich, M. Yu.; Michailov, A. S.

    1999-03-01

    The pretilt angle controlled by electric field was studied by the modulation ellipsometry technique. The easy direction of compensated nematic liquid crystals was controlled by surface flexoelectric torque created by the linear coupling of the director deformation and electric field. The weak anchoring energy necessary for the occurrence of flexoelectric distortion was produced by unidirectional rubbing of the clean indium-tin-oxide covered glasses with a cotton cloth. The pretilt angle was measured as a function of electric field. Long relaxation times of the optical response (hundreds of seconds) were observed. The rubbed thin polyvinyl alcohol and polyimide aligning layers were seen to promote strong anchoring energy (>0.5 erg/cm2) preventing any deviation of pretilt angle and, consequently, to suppress the optical response. The probable applications of the obtained results are discussed.

  9. Dielectric Anisotropy of Gold Nanoparticle Colloids in Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Visco, Angelo; Foust, Jon; Mahmood, Rizwan

    We present electrical and optical studies of hexanethiol-treated gold nanoparticle (GNPs) colloids in 4-cyano-4 '-pentyl-biphenyl (5CB) liquid crystals. Preliminary data analysis suggests an unusual behavior of sudden drop and then rise in the dielectric anisotropy at a critical concentration of 0.0862% by wt. GNPs and a sudden rise and then drop in the nematic to isotropic transition temperature. Above the critical concentration the data level off to within the uncertainty of the experimental errors. This colloidal system will help us to understand the interaction and the effects of nanoparticles on the self-assembly of LC molecules and the manner in which these particles organize in LC. This study is important for further developments in nanotechnology, sharp and fast display panels, and within the medical field.

  10. Fullerene (C60) nano-colloids in nematic liquid crystal

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    Visco, Angelo; Sobczak, Kevin; Mahmood, Rizwan

    2015-03-01

    We report high resolution homodyne light scattering studies to probe director fluctuations in bend/splay mode in bulk nematic liquid crystal and as a function of fullerene (C60) nanoparticles concentration. The preliminary analysis shows that the relaxation time of these fluctuations is fairly constant with in the experimental uncertainty despite the constraints imposed on the director fluctuations due to the insertion of nano colloids. The relaxation time extracted from the data found to be in nano seconds range and the diffusion constant (D) found to be, D = 4.29 x 106 cm/sec. The authors acknowledge the financial support from grants office, Dean, college of Health, Environment & Science and the physics department.

  11. Phase diagrams of orientational transitions in absorbing nematic liquid crystals

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    Zolot’ko, A. S. Ochkin, V. N.; Smayev, M. P.; Shvetsov, S. A.

    2015-05-15

    A theory of orientational transitions in nematic liquid crystals (NLCs), which employs the expansion of optical torques acting on the NLC director with respect to the rotation angle, has been developed for NLCs with additives of conformationally active compounds under the action of optical and low-frequency electric and magnetic fields. Phase diagrams of NLCs are constructed as a function of the intensity and polarization of the light field, the strength of low-frequency electric field, and a parameter that characterizes the feedback between the rotation of the NLC director and optical torque. Conditions for the occurrence of first- and second-order transitions are determined. The proposed theory agrees with available experimental data.

  12. The electrohydrodynamic instability in twisted nematic liquid crystals

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    Hertrich, A.; Krekhov, A. P.; Scaldin, O. A.

    1994-02-01

    We present some experiments on electrohydrodynamic convection (EHC) in nematic liquid crystals with a planar, but twisted configuration (MBBA). The threshold voltage is shown to depend only weakly on the twist angle. A theoretical analysis of the onset behaviour agrees well with the experiments. More sensitive is a secondary transition to modulation structures, which are not easily observed in untwisted geometries. A rough estimate of the secondary instability based on the behaviour of the most rapidly growing modulation mode seems to account well for the observations. Additional theoretical investigations for materials with positive dielectric anisotropy concerning the competition between the Fréedericksz transition and EHC are included. We predict the existence of a crossover codimension-2 point, which could easily be tested by variation of the twist angle.

  13. Three-terminal adaptive nematic liquid-crystal lens device.

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    Riza, N A; Dejule, M C

    1994-07-15

    A 1 mm x 1 mm nematic liquid-crystal three-terminal device for optical beam forming (focusing/spoiling) is fabricated. A thin-film-resistor network on the device substrate layer is used to control the voltages on the 98 internal lens electrodes by use of only one variable external driver. By using a high-resistance thin-film layer of amorphous silicon under the 98-element parallel electrode structure layer, we generate a near-continuous index perturbation to form a cylindrical lens. The focal length of this lens is continuously variable from inifinity to 12 cm by use of a variable 1-4-V-peak 1-kHz square-wave external terminal control signal. PMID:19844517

  14. Asymmetric dynamic phase holographic grating in nematic liquid crystal

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    Ren, Chang-Yu; Shi, Hong-Xin; Ai, Yan-Bao; Yin, Xiang-Bao; Wang, Feng; Ding, Hong-Wei

    2016-09-01

    A new scheme for recording a dynamic phase grating with an asymmetric profile in C60-doped homeotropically aligned nematic liquid crystal (NLC) was presented. An oblique incidence beam was used to record the thin asymmetric dynamic phase holographic grating. The diffraction efficiency we achieved is more than 40%, exceeding the theoretical limit for symmetric profile gratings. Both facts can be explained by assuming that a grating with an asymmetric saw-tooth profile is formed in the NLC. Finally, physical mechanism and mathematical model for characterizing the asymmetric phase holographic grating were presented, based on the photo-refractive-like (PR-like) effect. Project supported by the Science and Technology Programs of the Educational Committee of Heilongjiang Province, China (Grant No. 12541730) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61405057).

  15. Orientational defects near colloidal particles in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Feng, James J; Zhou, Chixing

    2004-01-01

    We study the interaction between a surface-anchoring colloidal particle and a liquid-crystalline host, and in particular the formation of orientational defects near the particle. A mean-field theory based on the nonlocal Marrucci-Greco nematic potential is used to represent molecular interactions in an inhomogeneous orientational field. An evolution equation for the molecular configuration tensor is solved numerically whose steady state minimizes the total free energy of the system. With strong homeotropic anchoring on the particle surface, three types of solutions may appear depending on initial conditions and particle size: Saturn rings, satellite point defects, and polar rings. The Saturn ring remains stable on micrometer-sized particles, contrary to previous calculations but consistent with experiments. A phase diagram is constructed for the three regimes. Based on the free energy, the most stable state is the Saturn ring for smaller particles and the satellite defect for larger ones.

  16. Flashing flexodomains and electroconvection rolls in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Salamon, Péter; Éber, Nándor; Krekhov, Alexei; Buka, Ágnes

    2013-03-01

    Pattern forming instabilities induced by ultralow frequency sinusoidal voltages were studied in a rodlike nematic liquid crystal by microscopic observations and simultaneous electric current measurements. Two pattern morphologies, electroconvection (EC) and flexodomains (FD), were distinguished, both appearing as time separated flashes within each half period of driving. A correlation was found between the time instants of the EC flashes and those of the nonlinear current response. The voltage dependence of the pattern contrast C(U) for EC has a different character than that for the FD. The flattening of C(U) at reducing the frequency was described in terms of an imperfect bifurcation model. Analyzing the threshold characteristics of FD, the temperature dependence of the difference |e1-e3| of the flexoelectric coefficients was also determined by considering elastic anisotropy.

  17. Interaction between two spherical particles in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Fukuda, Jun-ichi; Stark, Holger; Yoneya, Makoto; Yokoyama, Hiroshi

    2004-04-01

    We numerically investigate the interaction between two spherical particles in a nematic liquid crystal mediated by elastic distortions in the orientational order. We pay attention to the cases where two particles with equal radii R0 impose rigid normal anchoring on their surfaces and carry a pointlike topological defect referred to as a hyperbolic hedgehog. To describe the geometry of our system, we use bispherical coordinates, which prove useful in the implementation of boundary conditions at the particle surfaces and at infinity. We adopt the Landau-de Gennes continuum theory in terms of a second-rank tensor order parameter Q(ij) for the description of the orientational order of a nematic liquid crystal. We also utilize an adaptive mesh refinement scheme that has proven to be an efficient way of dealing with topological defects whose core size is much smaller than the particle size. When the two "dipoles," composed of a particle and a hyperbolic hedgehog, are in parallel directions, the two-particle interaction potential is attractive for large interparticle distances D and proportional to D-3 as expected from the form of the dipole-dipole interaction, until the well-defined potential minimum at D approximately 2.46 R0 is reached. For the antiparallel configuration with no hedgehogs between the two particles, the interaction potential is repulsive and behaves as D-2 for D less than or approximately equal 10R0, which is stronger than the dipole-dipole repulsion (approximately D-3 ) expected theoretically as an asymptotic behavior for large D.

  18. Electric field generation of Skyrmion-like structures in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Cattaneo, Laura; Kos, Žiga; Savoini, Matteo; Kouwer, Paul; Rowan, Alan; Ravnik, Miha; Muševič, Igor; Rasing, Theo

    2016-01-21

    Skyrmions are particle-like topological objects that are increasingly drawing attention in condensed matter physics, where they are connected to inversion symmetry breaking and chirality. Here we report the generation of stable Skyrmion-like structures in a thin nematic liquid crystal film on chemically patterned patchy surfaces. Using the interplay of material elasticity and surface boundary conditions, we use a strong electric field to quench the nematic liquid crystal from a fully aligned phase to vortex-like nematic liquid crystal structures, centered on patterned patches, which carry two different sorts of topological defects. Numerical calculations reveal that these are Skyrmion-like structures, seeded from the surface boojum topological defects and swirling towards the second confining surface. These observations, supported by numerical methods, demonstrate the possibility to generate, manipulate and study Skyrmion-like objects in nematic liquid crystals on patterned surfaces. PMID:26549212

  19. Multi-scale characterization of lyotropic liquid crystals using 2H and diffusion MRI with spatial resolution in three dimensions.

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    Bernin, Diana; Koch, Vanessa; Nydén, Magnus; Topgaard, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    The ability of lyotropic liquid crystals to form intricate structures on a range of length scales can be utilized for the synthesis of structurally complex inorganic materials, as well as in devices for controlled drug delivery. Here we employ magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for non-invasive characterization of nano-, micro-, and millimeter scale structures in liquid crystals. The structure is mirrored in the translational and rotational motion of the water, which we assess by measuring spatially resolved self-diffusion tensors and 2H spectra. Our approach differs from previous works in that the MRI parameters are mapped with spatial resolution in all three dimensions, thus allowing for detailed studies of liquid crystals with complex millimeter-scale morphologies that are stable on the measurement time-scale of 10 hours. The 2H data conveys information on the nanometer-scale structure of the liquid crystalline phase, while the combination of diffusion and 2H data permits an estimate of the orientational distribution of micrometer-scale anisotropic domains. We study lamellar phases consisting of the nonionic surfactant C10E3 in 2H2O, and follow their structural equilibration after a temperature jump and the cessation of shear. Our experimental approach may be useful for detailed characterization of liquid crystalline materials with structures on multiple length scales, as well as for studying the mechanisms of phase transitions.

  20. ESR studies of the slow tumbling of vanadyl spin probes in nematic liquid crystals

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    Eastman, M. P.; Bruno, G. V.; Lawson, J. O.

    1977-01-01

    ESR line shapes that are appropriate for slowly tumbling vanadyl spin probes in viscous nematic liquid crystals were calculated by the stochastic Liouville method. Because of the symmetry possessed by vanadyl, the analysis and interpretation of these line shapes was simplified considerably. Spectral line shapes agreed well with experimental spectra of VOAcAc in the nematic liquid crystal Phase V and BEPC. Deviations from Brownian rotational diffusion were noted. A slowly fluctuating torque analysis yielded good agreement with the experimental spectra.

  1. Nematic fluctuations and semisoft elasticity in liquid-crystal elastomers.

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    Petelin, Andrej; Čopič, Martin

    2013-06-01

    We give a detailed theory of nematic fluctuations in liquid-crystal elastomers (LCEs) and calculate relaxation rates as obtained by dynamic light scattering (DLS). In ideal LCEs, a nematic state is formed by a spontaneous orientational symmetry breaking of an isotropic state, manifesting itself in an existence of a coupled director-shear soft mode (Goldstone mode). The relaxation rate of the soft mode (a pure bend and a pure splay mode) goes to zero in a long-wavelength limit. In a real, nonideal sample with a locked-in anisotropy, on the other hand, the relaxation rates of these modes become finite. Nonideal elastomers are characterized by a plateau in the stress-strain curve, and the soft mode can be detected only upon stretching to the point of elastic instability at which the director starts to rotate. We use the semisoft model of Gaussian elasticity to derive relaxation rates as a function of deformation for different scattering geometries. We show that the bend-mode relaxation rate goes to zero at the threshold strain, so it is the soft mode. The splay mode, on the other hand, is not soft because the relaxation rate is finite at the threshold strain. We provide experimental evidence and compare DLS measurements of splay and bend modes of two side-chain LCE samples differing in crosslinking densities. Results of both samples are in complete agreement with the predictions of the semisoft model, which indicates that director relaxation properties are not influenced much by the crosslinking conditions.

  2. Shape-dependent dispersion and alignment of nonaggregating plasmonic gold nanoparticles in lyotropic and thermotropic liquid crystals.

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    Liu, Qingkun; Tang, Jianwei; Zhang, Yuan; Martinez, Angel; Wang, Shaowei; He, Sailing; White, Timothy J; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2014-05-01

    We use both lyotropic liquid crystals composed of prolate micelles and thermotropic liquid crystals made of rod-like molecules to uniformly disperse and unidirectionally align relatively large gold nanorods and other complex-shaped nanoparticles at high concentrations. We show that some of these ensuing self-assembled orientationally ordered soft matter systems exhibit polarization-dependent plasmonic properties with strongly pronounced molar extinction exceeding that previously achieved in self-assembled composites. The long-range unidirectional alignment of gold nanorods is mediated mainly by anisotropic surface anchoring interactions at the surfaces of gold nanoparticles. Polarization-sensitive absorption, scattering, and extinction are used to characterize orientations of nanorods and other nanoparticles. The experimentally measured unique optical properties of these composites, which stem from the collective plasmonic effect of the gold nanorods with long-range order in a liquid crystal matrix, are reproduced in computer simulations. A simple phenomenological model based on anisotropic surface interaction explains the alignment of gold nanorods dispersed in liquid crystals and the physical underpinnings behind our observations.

  3. Generation of harmonics and supercontinuum in nematic liquid crystals

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    Nyushkov, B N; Trashkeev, S I; Klementyev, Vasilii M; Pivtsov, V S; Kobtsev, Sergey M

    2013-02-28

    Nonlinear optical properties of nematic liquid crystals (NLC) have been investigated. A technique for efficient laser frequency conversion in a microscopic NLC volume deposited on an optical fibre end face is experimentally demonstrated. An efficient design of a compact NLC-based IR frequency converter with a fibre input and achromatic collimator is proposed and implemented. Simultaneous generation of the second and third harmonics is obtained for the first time under pumping NLC by a 1.56-mm femtosecond fibre laser. The second-harmonic generation efficiency is measured to be about 1 %, while the efficiency of third-harmonic generation is several tenths of percent. A strong polarisation dependence of the third-harmonic generation efficiency is revealed. When pumping NLC by a cw laser, generation of spectral supercontinua (covering the visible and near-IR spectral ranges) is observed. The nonlinear effects revealed can be due to the light-induced change in the orientational order in liquid crystals, which breaks the initial symmetry and leads to formation of disclination structures. The NLC optical nonlinearity is believed to be of mixed orientationalelectronic nature as a whole. (laser optics 2012)

  4. Two-point particle tracking microrheology of nematic complex fluids.

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    Gómez-González, Manuel; Del Álamo, Juan C

    2016-06-29

    Many biological and technological complex fluids exhibit tight microstructural alignment that confers them nematic mechanical properties. Among these we count liquid crystals and biopolymer networks, which are often available in microscopic amounts. However, current microrheological methods cannot measure the directional viscoelastic coefficients that appear in the constitutive relation of nematic complex fluids. This article presents directional two-point particle-tracking microrheology (D2PTM) - a novel microrheology technique to determine these coefficients. We establish the theoretical foundation for D2PTM by analyzing the motion of a probing microscopic particle embedded in a nematic complex fluid, and the mutual hydrodynamic interactions between pairs of distant particles. From this analysis, we generalize the formulation of two-point particle tracking microrheology for nematic complex fluids, and demonstrate that the new formulation provides sufficient information to fully characterize the anisotropic viscoelastic coefficients of such materials. We test D2PTM by simulating the Brownian motion of particles in nematic viscoelastic fluids with prescribed directional frequency-dependent shear moduli, showing that D2PTM accurately recovers the prescribed shear moduli. Furthermore, we experimentally validate D2PTM by applying it to a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal, and demonstrate that this new microrheology method provides results in agreement with dynamic light scattering measurements. Lastly, we illustrate the experimental application of the new technique to characterize nematic F-actin solutions. These experiments constitute the first microrheological measurement of the directional viscoelastic coefficients of an anisotropic soft material.

  5. Predicting photoisomerization profile of the highly polymerized nematic azobenzene liquid crystal network: First principle calculation

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    Yun, J.; Li, C.; Chung, H.; Choi, J.; Cho, M.

    2015-05-01

    The cis profile of azobenzene is a key factor in predicting the photodeformation of the nematic azobenzene liquid crystal network (LCN). An ab initio based method for predicting the photoisomerization profile of azobenzene is developed by coupling the stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP) method with non-linear Beers law, and compared with experimental data. Using this combined method, we calculate the photoisomerization profile of azobenzene with various light input conditions. We identify the cis profile of the nematic LCN structure evolves into a step-like decaying shape when the direction of polarized light is parallel to the nematic direction.

  6. Direct mapping of local director field of nematic liquid crystals at the nanoscale

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    Xia, Yu; Serra, Francesca; Kamien, Randall D.; Stebe, Kathleen J.; Yang, Shu

    2015-01-01

    Liquid crystals (LCs), owing to their anisotropy in molecular ordering, are of wide interest in both the display industry and soft matter as a route to more sophisticated optical objects, to direct phase separation, and to facilitate colloidal assemblies. However, it remains challenging to directly probe the molecular-scale organization of nonglassy nematic LC molecules without altering the LC directors. We design and synthesize a new type of nematic liquid crystal monomer (LCM) system with strong dipole–dipole interactions, resulting in a stable nematic phase and strong homeotropic anchoring on silica surfaces. Upon photopolymerization, the director field can be faithfully “locked,” allowing for direct visualization of the LC director field and defect structures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in real space with 100-nm resolution. Using this technique, we study the nematic textures in more complex LC/colloidal systems and calculate the extrapolation length of the LCM. PMID:26621729

  7. Direct mapping of local director field of nematic liquid crystals at the nanoscale.

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    Xia, Yu; Serra, Francesca; Kamien, Randall D; Stebe, Kathleen J; Yang, Shu

    2015-12-15

    Liquid crystals (LCs), owing to their anisotropy in molecular ordering, are of wide interest in both the display industry and soft matter as a route to more sophisticated optical objects, to direct phase separation, and to facilitate colloidal assemblies. However, it remains challenging to directly probe the molecular-scale organization of nonglassy nematic LC molecules without altering the LC directors. We design and synthesize a new type of nematic liquid crystal monomer (LCM) system with strong dipole-dipole interactions, resulting in a stable nematic phase and strong homeotropic anchoring on silica surfaces. Upon photopolymerization, the director field can be faithfully "locked," allowing for direct visualization of the LC director field and defect structures by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in real space with 100-nm resolution. Using this technique, we study the nematic textures in more complex LC/colloidal systems and calculate the extrapolation length of the LCM.

  8. Self-organization in phase separation of a lyotropic liquid crystal into cellular, network and droplet morphologies.

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    Iwashita, Yasutaka; Tanaka, Hajime

    2006-02-01

    Phase separation is one of the most fundamental physical phenomena that controls the morphology of heterogeneous structures. Phase separation of a binary mixture of simple liquids produces only two morphologies: a bicontinuous or a droplet structure in the case of a symmetric or an asymmetric composition, respectively. For complex fluids, there is a possibility to produce other interesting morphologies. We found that a network structure of the minority phase can also be induced transiently on phase separation if the dynamics of the minority phase are much slower than those of the majority phase. Here we induce a cellular structure of the minority phase intentionally with the help of its smectic ordering, using phase separation of a lyotropic liquid crystal into the isotropic and smectic phase. We can control the three morphologies, cellular, network and droplet structures, solely by changing the heating rate. We demonstrate that the kinetic interplay between phase separation and smectic ordering is a key to the morphological selection. This may provide a new route to the formation of network and cellular morphologies in soft materials.

  9. Nematic director reorientation at solid and liquid interfaces under flow: SAXS studies in a microfluidic device.

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    Silva, Bruno F B; Zepeda-Rosales, Miguel; Venkateswaran, Neeraja; Fletcher, Bretton J; Carter, Lester G; Matsui, Tsutomu; Weiss, Thomas M; Han, Jun; Li, Youli; Olsson, Ulf; Safinya, Cyrus R

    2015-04-14

    In this work we investigate the interplay between flow and boundary condition effects on the orientation field of a thermotropic nematic liquid crystal under flow and confinement in a microfluidic device. Two types of experiments were performed using synchrotron small-angle X-ray-scattering (SAXS). In the first, a nematic liquid crystal flows through a square-channel cross section at varying flow rates, while the nematic director orientation projected onto the velocity/velocity gradient plane is measured using a 2D detector. At moderate-to-high flow rates, the nematic director is predominantly aligned in the flow direction, but with a small tilt angle of ∼±11° in the velocity gradient direction. The director tilt angle is constant throughout most of the channel width but switches sign when crossing the center of the channel, in agreement with the Ericksen-Leslie-Parodi (ELP) theory. At low flow rates, boundary conditions begin to dominate, and a flow profile resembling the escaped radial director configuration is observed, where the director is seen to vary more smoothly from the edges (with homeotropic alignment) to the center of the channel. In the second experiment, hydrodynamic focusing is employed to confine the nematic phase into a sheet of liquid sandwiched between two layers of Triton X-100 aqueous solutions. The average nematic director orientation shifts to some extent from the flow direction toward the liquid boundaries, although it remains unclear if one tilt angle is dominant through most of the nematic sheet (with abrupt jumps near the boundaries) or if the tilt angle varies smoothly between two extreme values (∼90 and 0°). The technique presented here could be applied to perform high-throughput measurements for assessing the influence of different surfactants on the orientation of nematic phases and may lead to further improvements in areas such as boundary lubrication and clarifying the nature of defect structures in LC displays. PMID

  10. Nematic Director Reorientation at Solid and Liquid Interfaces under Flow: SAXS Studies in a Microfluidic Device

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    2015-01-01

    In this work we investigate the interplay between flow and boundary condition effects on the orientation field of a thermotropic nematic liquid crystal under flow and confinement in a microfluidic device. Two types of experiments were performed using synchrotron small-angle X-ray-scattering (SAXS). In the first, a nematic liquid crystal flows through a square-channel cross section at varying flow rates, while the nematic director orientation projected onto the velocity/velocity gradient plane is measured using a 2D detector. At moderate-to-high flow rates, the nematic director is predominantly aligned in the flow direction, but with a small tilt angle of ∼±11° in the velocity gradient direction. The director tilt angle is constant throughout most of the channel width but switches sign when crossing the center of the channel, in agreement with the Ericksen–Leslie–Parodi (ELP) theory. At low flow rates, boundary conditions begin to dominate, and a flow profile resembling the escaped radial director configuration is observed, where the director is seen to vary more smoothly from the edges (with homeotropic alignment) to the center of the channel. In the second experiment, hydrodynamic focusing is employed to confine the nematic phase into a sheet of liquid sandwiched between two layers of Triton X-100 aqueous solutions. The average nematic director orientation shifts to some extent from the flow direction toward the liquid boundaries, although it remains unclear if one tilt angle is dominant through most of the nematic sheet (with abrupt jumps near the boundaries) or if the tilt angle varies smoothly between two extreme values (∼90 and 0°). The technique presented here could be applied to perform high-throughput measurements for assessing the influence of different surfactants on the orientation of nematic phases and may lead to further improvements in areas such as boundary lubrication and clarifying the nature of defect structures in LC displays. PMID

  11. Nematic director reorientation at solid and liquid interfaces under flow: SAXS studies in a microfluidic device.

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    Silva, Bruno F B; Zepeda-Rosales, Miguel; Venkateswaran, Neeraja; Fletcher, Bretton J; Carter, Lester G; Matsui, Tsutomu; Weiss, Thomas M; Han, Jun; Li, Youli; Olsson, Ulf; Safinya, Cyrus R

    2015-04-14

    In this work we investigate the interplay between flow and boundary condition effects on the orientation field of a thermotropic nematic liquid crystal under flow and confinement in a microfluidic device. Two types of experiments were performed using synchrotron small-angle X-ray-scattering (SAXS). In the first, a nematic liquid crystal flows through a square-channel cross section at varying flow rates, while the nematic director orientation projected onto the velocity/velocity gradient plane is measured using a 2D detector. At moderate-to-high flow rates, the nematic director is predominantly aligned in the flow direction, but with a small tilt angle of ∼±11° in the velocity gradient direction. The director tilt angle is constant throughout most of the channel width but switches sign when crossing the center of the channel, in agreement with the Ericksen-Leslie-Parodi (ELP) theory. At low flow rates, boundary conditions begin to dominate, and a flow profile resembling the escaped radial director configuration is observed, where the director is seen to vary more smoothly from the edges (with homeotropic alignment) to the center of the channel. In the second experiment, hydrodynamic focusing is employed to confine the nematic phase into a sheet of liquid sandwiched between two layers of Triton X-100 aqueous solutions. The average nematic director orientation shifts to some extent from the flow direction toward the liquid boundaries, although it remains unclear if one tilt angle is dominant through most of the nematic sheet (with abrupt jumps near the boundaries) or if the tilt angle varies smoothly between two extreme values (∼90 and 0°). The technique presented here could be applied to perform high-throughput measurements for assessing the influence of different surfactants on the orientation of nematic phases and may lead to further improvements in areas such as boundary lubrication and clarifying the nature of defect structures in LC displays.

  12. Amplitude equations for the electrohydrodynamic instability in nematic liquid crystals

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    Kaiser, M.; Pesch, W.

    1993-12-01

    We study the near-threshold behavior of electrohydrodynamic convection (EHC) in planarly aligned nematic liquid crystals in the (low-frequency) conduction regime. The investigations are based on a rigorous and systematic weakly nonlinear analysis of the standard hydrodynamic equations leading to a reduced description in terms of order-parameter equations. The typical experimental stability regimes in control parameter and wave-number space are identified for normal rolls near threshold. In particular, the decisive role of mean-flow effects in triggering the typical secondary zigzag instability leading to oblique rolls is emphasized. Subsequently, a set of coupled amplitude equations is derived directly from the basic equations that includes the mean-flow effects and higher-order gradient terms important at least in EHC. Simulations of the amplitude equations point to the possible existence of more than one attractor beyond the zigzag destabilization line, which might explain the sometimes conflicting experimental results. The scenario of ``weak turbulence'' (sometimes called ``defect turbulence'') is well accounted for by the theory.

  13. Polarization converting textures of nematic liquid crystal in glass cavities

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    Wang, Xiahui; Xu, Miao; Ren, Hongwen

    2014-01-01

    When a nematic liquid crystal (LC) is filled in a glass cavity, the LC molecules present azimuthal orientations in the cavity. If the surface of the cavity is coated with a homeotropic polyimide, then the LC molecules exhibit radial orientations. By treating the LC on one side of the cavity with homogeneous alignment, the former orientations change to a twisted-azimuthal texture, while the latter orientations change to a twisted-radial texture. Both textures are verified experimentally, and they can convert a linearly polarization light to an azimuthal and/or radial polarization light, depending on the polarization direction of the incident light. In contrast to previous approaches, various LC textures can be easily formed in a cavity, and the fabrication procedure is simple. Since the LC texture is confined in a cavity, an array pattern of the texture can be obtained, if the employed substrate has multiple cavities. A LC with twisted-azimuthal and/or twisted-radial textures in a cavity array has potential applications in phase modulation, polarization compensating, sharp focus, and material processing.

  14. Shear flow simulations of biaxial nematic liquid crystals

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    Sarman, Sten

    1997-08-01

    We have calculated the viscosities of a biaxial nematic liquid crystal phase of a variant of the Gay-Berne fluid [J. G. Gay and B. J. Berne, J. Chem. Phys. 74, 3316 (1981)] by performing molecular dynamics simulations. The equations of motion have been augmented by a director constraint torque that fixes the orientation of the directors. This makes it possible to fix them at different angles relative to the stream lines in shear flow simulations. In equilibrium simulations the constraints generate a new ensemble. One finds that the Green-Kubo relations for the viscosities become linear combinations of time correlation function integrals in this ensemble whereas they are complicated rational functions in the conventional canonical ensemble. We have evaluated these Green-Kubo relations for all the shear viscosities and all the twist viscosities. We have also calculated the alignment angles, which are functions of the viscosity coefficients. We find that there are three real alignment angles but a linear stability analysis shows that only one of them corresponds to a stable director orientation. The Green-Kubo results have been cross checked by nonequilibrium shear flow simulations. The results from the different methods agree very well. Finally, we have evaluated the Miesowicz viscosities [D. Baalss, Z. Naturforsch. Teil A 45, 7 (1990)]. They vary by more than 2 orders of magnitude. The viscosity is consequently highly orientation dependent.

  15. Pattern formation in electrohydrodynamic convection of a nematic liquid crystal

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    Gheorghiu, Nadina

    2003-10-01

    The first part of this dissertation is a study of the selection mechanism for the dendritic growth pattern of electrohydrodynamic convection (EHC) in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC). The cell gap d, the magnetic field H, and the voltage V are systematically varied. The transition from the non-convective state to the convective state is first order-like, although in this case it occurs in a nonequilibrium one-phase system. In the layer plane, the two-fold dendritic pattern grows about the only anisotropy direction, perpendicular to the homogeneous director alignment. While for crystalline dendrites the tip radius of curvature rho and the growth speed v are sharply selected, these dendrites show partial selection. At fixed d, H, and V, rho or v for different dendrites varies each within a band. There is no systematic dependence of rho on V. Thus, these dendrites represent an entirely new selection problem for pattern formation. The non-convective state is anisotropic in the plane of the pattern within a (magnetic coherence) length xim of each substrate. The degree of anisotropy decays with xim/d and the selection becomes less sharp. In contrast to sharply interfaced solidification patterns, these dendrites are outlined by a diffuse boundary, which width w ˜ 2xim. While anisotropic surface tension stabilizes crystalline growth, the magnetic field stabilizes this dendritic growth. Finding where and what scale convection first starts is important for understanding pattern selection in EHC. In the second part of this dissertation, fluorescence confocal polarizing microscopy (FCPM) is employed to study normal dielectric rolls (NDRs) in a NLC. While polarizing microscopy gives a two-dimensional information of the integrated three-dimensional (3D) pattern of optical birefringence, FCPM can uniquely map 3D orientational patterns in LC. FCPM visualizes the intensity of polarized fluorescence light emitted by the dye molecules aligned by the LC molecules. The fluorescence

  16. Induced smectic phases in phase diagrams of binary nematic liquid crystal mixtures.

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    Huang, Tsang-Min; McCreary, Kathleen; Garg, Shila; Kyu, Thein

    2011-03-28

    To elucidate induced smectic A and smectic B phases in binary nematic liquid crystal mixtures, a generalized thermodynamic model has been developed in the framework of a combined Flory-Huggins free energy for isotropic mixing, Maier-Saupe free energy for orientational ordering, McMillan free energy for smectic ordering, Chandrasekhar-Clark free energy for hexagonal ordering, and phase field free energy for crystal solidification. Although nematic constituents have no smectic phase, the complexation between these constituent liquid crystal molecules in their mixture resulted in a more stable ordered phase such as smectic A or B phases. Various phase transitions of crystal-smectic, smectic-nematic, and nematic-isotropic phases have been determined by minimizing the above combined free energies with respect to each order parameter of these mesophases. By changing the strengths of anisotropic interaction and hexagonal interaction parameters, the present model captures the induced smectic A or smectic B phases of the binary nematic mixtures. Of particular importance is the fact that the calculated phase diagrams show remarkable agreement with the experimental phase diagrams of binary nematic liquid crystal mixtures involving induced smectic A or induced smectic B phase.

  17. In vitro permeation of diclofenac salts from lyotropic liquid crystalline systems.

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    Yariv, Doron; Efrat, Rivka; Libster, Dima; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2010-07-01

    In this paper we examined feasible correlations between the structure of different lyotropic mesophases and transdermal administration of three diclofenac derivatives with varying degrees of kosmotropic or chaotropic properties, solubilized within the mesophases. It was found that the most chaotropic derivative of diclofenac diethyl amine (DEA-DFC) interacted with the polar heads of glycerol monooleate (GMO), thus expanding the water-lipid interface of the lamellar and cubic mesophases. This effect was detected by an increase in the lattice parameter of both mesophases, enhanced elastic properties, and increased solid-like response of the systems in the presence of DEA. Potassium diclofenac (K-DFC), a less chaotropic salt, had less pronounced effect on the structural features of the mesophases. Kosmotropic Na+ salt (Na-DFC) had only minor influence on both lamellar and cubic structures. The locus of solubilization of the molecules with the host mesophases was correlated with their delivery. It was suggested that transdermal delivery of kosmotropic Na-DFC was accelerated by the aqueous phase and less constrained by the interaction with monoglyceride. On the other hand, the chaotropic cations (K+ and DEA+), presumably entrapped in the water-lipid interface, interacted with monoglyceride headgroups, which is likely to be the key cause for their sustained administration.

  18. Pretransitional effects of mixtures of nematic liquid crystals

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    Lei, Lin; Yun, Huang

    1982-05-01

    A general theory of nematic binary systems is proposed. Supercooling temperature and the susceptibility χ( T, x) are calculated and found to be in good agreement with experiments of Coles and Muta et al.

  19. Chiral symmetry breaking by spatial confinement in tactoidal droplets of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals.

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    Tortora, Luana; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2011-03-29

    In many colloidal systems, an orientationally ordered nematic (N) phase emerges from the isotropic (I) melt in the form of spindle-like birefringent tactoids. In cases studied so far, the tactoids always reveal a mirror-symmetric nonchiral structure, sometimes even when the building units are chiral. We report on chiral symmetry breaking in the nematic tactoids formed in molecularly nonchiral polymer-crowded aqueous solutions of low-molecular weight disodium cromoglycate. The parity is broken by twisted packing of self-assembled molecular aggregates within the tactoids as manifested by the observed optical activity. Fluorescent confocal microscopy reveals that the chiral N tactoids are located at the boundaries of cells. We explain the chirality induction as a replacement of energetically costly splay packing of the aggregates within the curved bipolar tactoidal shape with twisted packing. The effect represents a simple pathway of macroscopic chirality induction in an organic system with no molecular chirality, as the only requirements are orientational order and curved shape of confinement.

  20. Chiral symmetry breaking by spatial confinement in tactoidal droplets of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals

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    Tortora, Luana; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2011-01-01

    In many colloidal systems, an orientationally ordered nematic (N) phase emerges from the isotropic (I) melt in the form of spindle-like birefringent tactoids. In cases studied so far, the tactoids always reveal a mirror-symmetric nonchiral structure, sometimes even when the building units are chiral. We report on chiral symmetry breaking in the nematic tactoids formed in molecularly nonchiral polymer-crowded aqueous solutions of low-molecular weight disodium cromoglycate. The parity is broken by twisted packing of self-assembled molecular aggregates within the tactoids as manifested by the observed optical activity. Fluorescent confocal microscopy reveals that the chiral N tactoids are located at the boundaries of cells. We explain the chirality induction as a replacement of energetically costly splay packing of the aggregates within the curved bipolar tactoidal shape with twisted packing. The effect represents a simple pathway of macroscopic chirality induction in an organic system with no molecular chirality, as the only requirements are orientational order and curved shape of confinement. PMID:21402929

  1. Liquid relaxation: A new Parodi-like relation for nematic liquid crystals.

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    Biscari, Paolo; DiCarlo, Antonio; Turzi, Stefano S

    2016-05-01

    We put forward a hydrodynamic theory of nematic liquid crystals that includes both anisotropic elasticity and dynamic relaxation. Liquid remodeling is encompassed through a continuous update of the shear-stress free configuration. The low-frequency limit of the dynamical theory reproduces the classical Ericksen-Leslie theory, but it predicts two independent identities between the six Leslie viscosity coefficients. One replicates Parodi's relation, while the other-which involves five Leslie viscosities in a nonlinear way-is new. We discuss its significance, and we test its validity against evidence from physical experiments, independent theoretical predictions, and molecular-dynamics simulations.

  2. Liquid relaxation: A new Parodi-like relation for nematic liquid crystals

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    Biscari, Paolo; DiCarlo, Antonio; Turzi, Stefano S.

    2016-05-01

    We put forward a hydrodynamic theory of nematic liquid crystals that includes both anisotropic elasticity and dynamic relaxation. Liquid remodeling is encompassed through a continuous update of the shear-stress free configuration. The low-frequency limit of the dynamical theory reproduces the classical Ericksen-Leslie theory, but it predicts two independent identities between the six Leslie viscosity coefficients. One replicates Parodi's relation, while the other—which involves five Leslie viscosities in a nonlinear way—is new. We discuss its significance, and we test its validity against evidence from physical experiments, independent theoretical predictions, and molecular-dynamics simulations.

  3. Incorporation of carbon nanotubes into a lyotropic liquid crystal by phase separation in the presence of a hydrophilic polymer.

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    Xin, Xia; Li, Hongguang; Wieczorek, Stefan A; Szymborski, Tomasz; Kalwarczyk, Ewelina; Ziebacz, Natalia; Gorecka, Ewa; Pociecha, Damian; Hołyst, Robert

    2010-03-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were incorporated into a lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) matrix formed by n-dodecyl octaoxyethene monoether (C(12)E(6)) at room temperature through spontaneous phase separation induced by nonionic hydrophilic polymer poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). The quality of SWNTs/LLC composite was evaluated by polarized microscopy observations and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements. The results obtained clearly indicated that SWNTs have been successfully incorporated into the LLC matrix up to a considerable high content without destroying the LLC matrix, although interesting changes of the LLC matrix were also induced by SWNTs incorporation. By varying the ratio of PEG to C(12)E(6), the type of LLC matrix can be controlled from hexagonal phase to lamellar phase. Temperature was found to have a significant influence on the quality of SWNTs/LLC composite, and tube aggregation can be induced at higher temperature. When SWNTs were changed to multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), they became difficult to be incorporated into LLC matrix because of an increase in the average tube diameter.

  4. From the microscopic to the mesoscopic properties of lyotropic reverse hexagonal liquid crystals.

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    Libster, Dima; Ishai, Paul Ben; Aserin, Abraham; Shoham, Gil; Garti, Nissim

    2008-03-01

    In the present study we aimed to explore a correlation between the microstructural properties of the lyotropic reverse hexagonal phase (HII) of the GMO/tricaprylin/phosphatidylcholine/water system and its mesoscopic structure. The mesoscopic organization of discontinuous and anisotropic domains was examined, in the native state, using environmental scanning electron microscopy. The topography of the HII mesophases was imaged directly in their hydrated state, as a function of aqueous-phase concentration and composition, when a proline amino acid was solubilized into the systems as a kosmotropic (water-structure maker) guest molecule. The domain structures of several dozen micrometers in size, visualized in the environmental scanning electron microscopy, were found to possess fractal characteristics, indicating a discontinuous and disordered alignment of the corresponding internal water rods on the mesoscale. On the microstructural level, SAXS measurements revealed that as water content (Cw) increases the characteristic lattice parameter of the mesophases increases as well. Using the water concentration as the mass measure of the mixtures, a scaling relationship between the lattice parameter and the concentration was found to obey a power law whereby the derived fractal dimension was the relevant exponent, confirming the causal link between the microscopic and mesoscopic organizations. The topography of the HII mesophase was found to be affected by the microstructural parameters and the composition of the samples. Thermal analysis experiments involving these systems further confirmed that the behavior of water underpins both microscopical and mesoscopic features of the systems. It was shown that both the swelling of the lattice parameter and the mesoscopic domains is correlated to the bulk water concentration in the water rods.

  5. Low symmetry tetrahedral nematic liquid crystal phases: Ambidextrous chirality and ambidextrous helicity.

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    Pleiner, Harald; Brand, Helmut R

    2014-02-01

    We discuss the symmetry properties as well as the dynamic behavior of various non-polar nematic liquid crystal phases with tetrahedral order. We concentrate on systems that show biaxial nematic order coexisting with octupolar (tetrahedral) order. Non-polar examples are phases with D2 and S4 symmetries, which can be characterized as biaxial nematics lacking inversion symmetry. It is this combination that allows for new features in the statics and dynamics of these phases. The D2-symmetric phase is chiral, even for achiral molecules, and shows ambidextrous chirality in all three preferred directions. The achiral S4-symmetric phase allows for ambidextrous helicity, similar to the higher-symmetric D2d-symmetric phase. Such phases are candidates for nematic phases made from banana-shaped molecules.

  6. Straining soft colloids in aqueous nematic liquid crystals.

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    Mushenheim, Peter C; Pendery, Joel S; Weibel, Douglas B; Spagnolie, Saverio E; Abbott, Nicholas L

    2016-05-17

    Liquid crystals (LCs), because of their long-range molecular ordering, are anisotropic, elastic fluids. Herein, we report that elastic stresses imparted by nematic LCs can dynamically shape soft colloids and tune their physical properties. Specifically, we use giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) as soft colloids and explore the interplay of mechanical strain when the GUVs are confined within aqueous chromonic LC phases. Accompanying thermal quenching from isotropic to LC phases, we observe the elasticity of the LC phases to transform initially spherical GUVs (diameters of 2-50 µm) into two distinct populations of GUVs with spindle-like shapes and aspect ratios as large as 10. Large GUVs are strained to a small extent (R/r < 1.54, where R and r are the major and minor radii, respectively), consistent with an LC elasticity-induced expansion of lipid membrane surface area of up to 3% and conservation of the internal GUV volume. Small GUVs, in contrast, form highly elongated spindles (1.54 < R/r < 10) that arise from an efflux of LCs from the GUVs during the shape transformation, consistent with LC-induced straining of the membrane leading to transient membrane pore formation. A thermodynamic analysis of both populations of GUVs reveals that the final shapes adopted by these soft colloids are dominated by a competition between the LC elasticity and an energy (∼0.01 mN/m) associated with the GUV-LC interface. Overall, these results provide insight into the coupling of strain in soft materials and suggest previously unidentified designs of LC-based responsive and reconfigurable materials.

  7. Straining soft colloids in aqueous nematic liquid crystals

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    Mushenheim, Peter C.; Pendery, Joel S.; Weibel, Douglas B.; Spagnolie, Saverio E.; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2016-05-01

    Liquid crystals (LCs), because of their long-range molecular ordering, are anisotropic, elastic fluids. Herein, we report that elastic stresses imparted by nematic LCs can dynamically shape soft colloids and tune their physical properties. Specifically, we use giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) as soft colloids and explore the interplay of mechanical strain when the GUVs are confined within aqueous chromonic LC phases. Accompanying thermal quenching from isotropic to LC phases, we observe the elasticity of the LC phases to transform initially spherical GUVs (diameters of 2–50 µm) into two distinct populations of GUVs with spindle-like shapes and aspect ratios as large as 10. Large GUVs are strained to a small extent (R/r < 1.54, where R and r are the major and minor radii, respectively), consistent with an LC elasticity-induced expansion of lipid membrane surface area of up to 3% and conservation of the internal GUV volume. Small GUVs, in contrast, form highly elongated spindles (1.54 < R/r < 10) that arise from an efflux of LCs from the GUVs during the shape transformation, consistent with LC-induced straining of the membrane leading to transient membrane pore formation. A thermodynamic analysis of both populations of GUVs reveals that the final shapes adopted by these soft colloids are dominated by a competition between the LC elasticity and an energy (˜0.01 mN/m) associated with the GUV–LC interface. Overall, these results provide insight into the coupling of strain in soft materials and suggest previously unidentified designs of LC-based responsive and reconfigurable materials.

  8. Colloidal interactions and self-assembly of plasmonic metal pyramids in nematic liquid crystals

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    Park, Sungoh; Smalyukh, Ivan

    Combining ordered structure of soft matter systems, such as liquid crystals, with the unique optical properties of metal nano- and micro-particles is a promising approach of designing and realizing mesostructured composites with pre-engineered properties. In this work, we disperse nanofabricated pyramid-shaped plasmonic particles in a nematic host fluid and demonstrate that the particles spontaneously align with respect to the uniform far-field liquid crystal director. This alignment is driven by minimization of the surface anchoring and bulk elastic free energies of the nematic host. Interestingly, multiple stable and metastable orientations of these particles can be controllably observed. Using laser tweezers and video microscopy, we explore inter-particle pair interaction forces as well as the ensuing colloidal self-assembly. We analyze this experimentally observed rich physical behavior of our soft matter composite by invoking electrostatic multipole analogy of elastic distortions induced by the particles in a nematic liquid crystal host and discuss potential practical uses.

  9. Instability of a Biaxial Nematic Liquid Crystal Formed by Homeotropic Anchoring on Surface Grooves

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    Zhang, Zhi-Dong; Xuan, Li

    2011-10-01

    A method used to treat the elastic distortion of a uniaxial nematic liquid crystal induced by homogeneous anchoring on the surface grooves is generalized to biaxial nematic liquid crystals under the homeotropic anchoring condition. Employing some approximations for the elastic constants, we obtain an additional term in the elastic energy per unit area which depends on the angle between the minor director at infinity and the direction of the grooves, with a period of π/2. This leads to instability on the surface grooves so that two states with crossed minor directors are energetically indistinguishable. Our theoretical study explains why the homeotropic alignment method developed for uniaxial liquid crystals loses efficacy for biaxial nematics.

  10. Photorefractive Bragg gratings in nematic liquid crystals aligned by a magnetic field

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Wasielewski, M.R. |

    1999-06-01

    Photorefractive Bragg gratings are observed in low-molar-mass nematic liquid crystals doped with electron donor and acceptor molecules. This is accomplished by alignment of the nematic liquid crystals in a 0.3 T magnetic field, which produces thicker homeotropic aligned samples than traditional surfactant techniques. Grating fringe spacings as low as 3.7 {mu}m are achieved with 176-{mu}m-thick samples, producing grating {ital Q} values of 33. Up to this point, low molar mass nematic liquid crystals have exhibited photorefractive gratings with Q{le}1. Asymmetric two-beam coupling and photoconductivity experiments are performed to verify the photorefractive origin of the gratings. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  11. Dynamics and Instabilities of an overdamped active nematic liquid crystal

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    Putzig, Elias; Baskaran, Aparna

    Active nematics have been studied extensively in the context of suspensions of active particles, with a Stokes equation describing the flow of the surrounding fluid. Here we will present a continuum model of an overdamped (often termed 'dry') active nematic, where activity enters through self-induced flows. These flows represent the ability of the internal forces to convect, shear, or rotate the nematic order. The self-induced shear gives rise to an instability in the homogeneous ordered state which is analogous to that seen in active suspensions. The self-induced rotation gives rise to a new instability. A phase diagram from this model will be presented, and the phenomenology will be compared with what is seen in experimental and simulated active systems. We would like to acknowledge Grant support through NSF (NSF-DMR-1149266), (DMR-0820492), (NIH-5T32EB009419) and IGERT (DGE-1068620).

  12. Disposition and association of the steric stabilizer Pluronic® F127 in lyotropic liquid crystalline nanostructured particle dispersions.

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    Tilley, Adam J; Drummond, Calum J; Boyd, Ben J

    2013-02-15

    Liquid crystalline nanostructured particles, such as cubosomes and hexosomes, are most often colloidally stabilised using the tri-block co-polymer Pluronic® F127. Although the effect of F127 on the internal particle nanostructure has been well studied, the associative aspects of F127 with cubosomes and hexosomes are poorly understood. In this study the quantitative association of F127 with phytantriol-based cubosomes and hexosomes was investigated. The amount of free F127 in the dispersions was determined using pressure ultra-filtration. The percentage of F127 associated with the particles plateaued with increasing F127 concentration above the critical aggregation concentration. Hence the free concentration of F127 in the dispersion medium was proposed as a key factor governing association below the CMC, and partitioning of F127 between micelles and particles occurred above the CMC. The association of F127 with the particles was irreversible on dilution. The F127 associated with both the external and internal surfaces of the phytantriol cubosomes. The effects of lipid and F127 concentration, lipid type, dilution of the dispersions and internal nanostructure were also elucidated. A greater amount of F127 was associated with cubosomes comprised of glyceryl monooleate (GMO) than those prepared using phytantriol. Hexosomes prepared using a mixture of phytantriol and vitamin E acetate (vitEA) had a greater amount of F127 associated with them than phytantriol cubosomes. Hexosomes prepared using selachyl alcohol had less F127 associated with them than phytantriol:vitEA-based hexosomes and GMO-based cubosomes. This indicated that both the lipid from which the particles are composed and the particle internal nanostructure have an influence on the association of F127 with lyotropic liquid crystalline nanostructured particles.

  13. Control on the anomalous interactions of Airy beams in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Shen, Ming; Li, Wei; Lee, Ray-Kuang

    2016-04-18

    We reveal a controllable manipulation of anomalous interactions between Airy beams in nonlocal nematic liquid crystals numerically. With the help of an in-phase fundamental Gaussian beam, attraction between in-phase Airy beams can be suppressed or become a repulsive one to each other; whereas the attraction can be strengthened when the Gaussian beam is out-of-phase. In contrast to the repulsive interaction in local media, stationary bound states of breathing Airy soliton pairs are found in nematic liquid crystals.

  14. Deuterium NMR investigations of field-induced director alignment in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Sugimura, Akihiko; Luckhurst, Geoffrey R

    2016-05-01

    There have been many investigations of the alignment of nematic liquid crystals by either a magnetic and/or an electric field. The basic features of the important hydrodynamic processes for low molar mass nematics have been characterized for the systems in their equilibrium and non-equilibrium states. These have been created using electric and magnetic fields to align the director and deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance ((2)H NMR) spectroscopy has been used to explore this alignment. Theoretical models based on continuum theory have been developed to complement the experiments and found to describe successfully the static and the dynamic phenomena observed. Such macroscopic behaviour has been investigated with (2)H NMR spectroscopy, in which an electric field in addition to the magnetic field of the spectrometer is used to rotate the director and produce a non-equilibrium state. This powerful technique has proved to be especially valuable for the investigation of nematic liquid crystals. Since the quadrupolar splitting for deuterons observed in the liquid crystal phase is determined by the angle between the director and the magnetic field, time-resolved and time-averaged (2)H NMR spectroscopies can be employed to investigate the dynamic director alignment process in a thin nematic film following the application or removal of an electric field. In this article, we describe some seminal studies to illustrate the field-induced static and dynamic director alignment for low molar mass nematics.

  15. Vitrified chiral-nematic liquid crystalline films for selective reflection and circular polarization

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    Katsis, D.; Chen, P.H.M.; Mastrangelo, J.C.; Chen, S.H.; Blanton, T.N.

    1999-06-01

    Nematic and left-handed chiral-nematic liquid crystals comprising methoxybiphenylbenzoate and (S)-(-)-1-phenylethylamine pendants to a cyclohexane core were synthesized and characterized. Although pristine samples were found to be polycrystalline, thermal quenching following heating to and annealing at elevated temperatures permitted the molecular orders characteristic of liquid crystalline mesomorphism to be frozen in the glassy state. Left at room temperature for 6 months, the vitrified liquid crystalline films showed no evidence of recrystallization. An orientational order parameter of 0.65 was determined with linear dichroism of a vitrified nematic film doped with Exalite 428 at a mole fraction of 0.0025. Birefringence dispersion of a blank vitrified nematic film was determined using a phase-difference method complemented by Abbe refractometry. A series of vitrified chiral-nematic films were prepared to demonstrate selective reflection and circular polarization with a spectral region tunable from blue to the infrared region by varying the chemical composition. The experimentally measured circular polarization spectra were found to agree with the Good-Karali theory in which all four system parameters were determined a priori: optical birefringence, average refractive index, selective reflection wavelength, and film thickness.

  16. Edge pinning and transformation of defect lines induced by faceted colloidal rings in nematic liquid crystals

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    Senyuk, Bohdan; Liu, Qingkun; Yuan, Ye; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    2016-06-01

    Nematic colloids exhibit a large diversity of topological defects and structures induced by colloidal particles in the orientationally ordered liquid crystal host fluids. These defects and field configurations define elastic interactions and medium-mediated self-assembly, as well as serve as model systems in exploiting the richness of interactions between topologies and geometries of colloidal surfaces, nematic fields, and topological singularities induced by particles in the nematic bulk and at nematic-colloidal interfaces. Here we demonstrate formation of quarter-strength surface-pinned disclinations, as well as a large variety of director field configurations with splitting and reconnections of singular defect lines, prompted by colloidal particles with sharp edges and size large enough to define strong boundary conditions. Using examples of faceted ring-shaped particles of genus g =1 , we explore transformation of defect lines as they migrate between locations in the bulk of the nematic host to edge-pinned locations at the surfaces of particles and vice versa, showing that this behavior is compliant with topological constraints defined by mathematical theorems. We discuss how transformation of bulk and surface defect lines induced by faceted colloids can enrich the diversity of elasticity-mediated colloidal interactions and how these findings may impinge on prospects of their controlled reconfigurable self-assembly in nematic hosts.

  17. Edge pinning and transformation of defect lines induced by faceted colloidal rings in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Senyuk, Bohdan; Liu, Qingkun; Yuan, Ye; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2016-06-01

    Nematic colloids exhibit a large diversity of topological defects and structures induced by colloidal particles in the orientationally ordered liquid crystal host fluids. These defects and field configurations define elastic interactions and medium-mediated self-assembly, as well as serve as model systems in exploiting the richness of interactions between topologies and geometries of colloidal surfaces, nematic fields, and topological singularities induced by particles in the nematic bulk and at nematic-colloidal interfaces. Here we demonstrate formation of quarter-strength surface-pinned disclinations, as well as a large variety of director field configurations with splitting and reconnections of singular defect lines, prompted by colloidal particles with sharp edges and size large enough to define strong boundary conditions. Using examples of faceted ring-shaped particles of genus g=1, we explore transformation of defect lines as they migrate between locations in the bulk of the nematic host to edge-pinned locations at the surfaces of particles and vice versa, showing that this behavior is compliant with topological constraints defined by mathematical theorems. We discuss how transformation of bulk and surface defect lines induced by faceted colloids can enrich the diversity of elasticity-mediated colloidal interactions and how these findings may impinge on prospects of their controlled reconfigurable self-assembly in nematic hosts. PMID:27415331

  18. The inherent dynamics of isotropic- and nematic-phase liquid crystals.

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    Frechette, Layne; Stratt, Richard M

    2016-06-21

    The geodesic (shortest) pathways through the potential energy landscape of a liquid can be thought of as defining what its dynamics would be if thermal noise were removed, revealing what we have called the "inherent dynamics" of the liquid. We show how these inherent paths can be located for a model liquid crystal former, showing, in the process, how the molecular mechanisms of translation and reorientation compare in the isotropic and nematic phases of these systems. These mechanisms turn out to favor the preservation of local orientational order even under macroscopically isotropic conditions (a finding consistent with the experimental observation of pseudonematic domains in these cases), but disfavor the maintenance of macroscopic orientational order, even in the nematic phase. While the most efficient nematic pathways that maintain nematic order are indeed shorter than those that do not, it is apparently difficult for the system to locate these paths, suggesting that molecular motion in liquid-crystal formers is dynamically frustrated, and reinforcing the sense that there are strong analogies between liquid crystals and supercooled liquids.

  19. The inherent dynamics of isotropic- and nematic-phase liquid crystals

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    Frechette, Layne; Stratt, Richard M.

    2016-06-01

    The geodesic (shortest) pathways through the potential energy landscape of a liquid can be thought of as defining what its dynamics would be if thermal noise were removed, revealing what we have called the "inherent dynamics" of the liquid. We show how these inherent paths can be located for a model liquid crystal former, showing, in the process, how the molecular mechanisms of translation and reorientation compare in the isotropic and nematic phases of these systems. These mechanisms turn out to favor the preservation of local orientational order even under macroscopically isotropic conditions (a finding consistent with the experimental observation of pseudonematic domains in these cases), but disfavor the maintenance of macroscopic orientational order, even in the nematic phase. While the most efficient nematic pathways that maintain nematic order are indeed shorter than those that do not, it is apparently difficult for the system to locate these paths, suggesting that molecular motion in liquid-crystal formers is dynamically frustrated, and reinforcing the sense that there are strong analogies between liquid crystals and supercooled liquids.

  20. Electrically tunable lens based on a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Pishnyak, Oleg; Sato, Susumu; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2006-07-01

    We report on an electrically controlled liquid-crystal-based variable optical lens filled with a dual-frequency nematic material. The lens design employs a hole-patterned electrode structure in a flat nematic cell. In order to decrease the lens switching time we maximize the dielectric torque by using a dual-frequency nematic material that is aligned at an angle approximately 45 degrees with respect to the bounding plates by obliquely deposited SiO(x), and by using an overdrive scheme of electrical switching. Depending on the frequency of the applied field, the director realigns either toward the homeotropic state (perpendicular to the substrates) or toward the planar state (parallel to the substrates), which allows one to control not only the absolute value of the focal length but also its sign. Optical performance of the liquid-crystal lens is close to that of an ideal thin lens.

  1. Electrically tunable lens based on a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal

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    Pishnyak, Oleg; Sato, Susumu; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2006-07-01

    We report on an electrically controlled liquid-crystal-based variable optical lens filled with a dual-frequency nematic material. The lens design employs a hole-patterned electrode structure in a flat nematic cell. In order to decrease the lens switching time we maximize the dielectric torque by using a dual-frequency nematic material that is aligned at an angle approximately 45° with respect to the bounding plates by obliquely deposited SiOx, and by using an overdrive scheme of electrical switching. Depending on the frequency of the applied field, the director realigns either toward the homeotropic state (perpendicular to the substrates) or toward the planar state (parallel to the substrates), which allows one to control not only the absolute value of the focal length but also its sign. Optical performance of the liquid-crystal lens is close to that of an ideal thin lens.

  2. Electrically tunable lens based on a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Pishnyak, Oleg; Sato, Susumu; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2006-07-01

    We report on an electrically controlled liquid-crystal-based variable optical lens filled with a dual-frequency nematic material. The lens design employs a hole-patterned electrode structure in a flat nematic cell. In order to decrease the lens switching time we maximize the dielectric torque by using a dual-frequency nematic material that is aligned at an angle approximately 45 degrees with respect to the bounding plates by obliquely deposited SiO(x), and by using an overdrive scheme of electrical switching. Depending on the frequency of the applied field, the director realigns either toward the homeotropic state (perpendicular to the substrates) or toward the planar state (parallel to the substrates), which allows one to control not only the absolute value of the focal length but also its sign. Optical performance of the liquid-crystal lens is close to that of an ideal thin lens. PMID:16799668

  3. Possible enhancement of physical properties of nematic liquid crystals by doping of conducting polymer nanofibres

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    Manda, R.; Dasari, V.; Sathyanarayana, P.; Rasna, M. V.; Paik, P.; Dhara, Surajit

    2013-09-01

    We report on the preparation and physical characterization of the colloidal suspension of conducting polyaniline (PANI) nanofibres and a nematic liquid crystal (5CB). The ac electrical conductivity anisotropy increases significantly and the rotational viscosity decreases with increasing wt. % of PANI nanofibres, while other physical properties such as birefringence, dielectric anisotropy, splay, and bend elastic constants are changed moderately. The high conductivity anisotropy of liquid crystal nano-composites is very useful for magnetically steered liquid crystal-nanofibre switch.

  4. Highly proton conductive phosphoric acid-nonionic surfactant lyotropic liquid crystalline mesophases and application in graphene optical modulators.

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    Tunkara, Ebrima; Albayrak, Cemal; Polat, Emre O; Kocabas, Coskun; Dag, Ömer

    2014-10-28

    Proton conducting gel electrolytes are very important components of clean energy devices. Phosphoric acid (PA, H(3)PO(4) · H2O) is one of the best proton conductors, but needs to be incorporated into some matrix for real device applications, such as into lyotropic liquid crystalline mesophases (LLCMs). Herein, we show that PA and nonionic surfactant (NS, C(12)H(25)(OCH(2)CH(2))(10)OH, C(12)E(10)) molecules self-assemble into PANS-LLCMs and display high proton conductivity. The content of the PANS-LLCM can be as high 75% H(3)PO(4) · H2O and 25% 10-lauryl ether (C(12)H(25)(OCH(2)CH(2))(10)OH, C(12)E(10)), and the mesophase follows the usual LLC trend, bicontinuous cubic (V1)-normal hexagonal (H1)-micelle cubic (I1), by increasing the PA concentration in the media. The PANS-LLCMs are stable under ambient conditions, as well as at high (up to 130 °C) and low (-100 °C) temperatures with a high proton conductivity, in the range of 10(-2) to 10(-6) S/cm. The mesophase becomes a mesostructured solid with decent proton conductivity below -100 °C. The mesophase can be used in many applications as a proton-conducting media as well as a phosphate source for the synthesis of various metal phosphates. As an application, we demonstrate a graphene-based optical modulator using supercapacitor structure formed by graphene electrodes and a PANS electrolyte. A PANS-LLC electrolyte-based supercapacitor enables efficient optical modulation of graphene electrodes over a range of wavelengths, from 500 nm to 2 μm, under ambient conditions.

  5. Sharp steepness of molecular reorientation for nematics containing liquid crystalline polymer

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    Kikuchi, Hirotsugu; Kibe, Shigeru; Kajiyama, Tisato

    1995-04-01

    The reorientational steepness of nematic liquid crystalline molecules is strongly dependent on the elastic constants of the liquid crystalline director. The steepness increases with decreasing the ratio of elastic constants of the bend mode to the splay one, K3/K1 when the homogeneous or twisted alignment of nematics is transformed to the homeotropic one. It has been suggested that the elastic constants are affected by the geometrical shape of a liquid crystalline molecule and a short-range ordering for the alignment of liquid crystalline molecules. The composite systems films being composed of side-chain type liquid crystalline polymer (PS6EC) and low molecular weight nematic liquid crystal (E7) were prepared by a solvent cast method. The phase transition behaviors and the aggregation state of the composite system were investigated on the basis of the DSC, polarizing optical microscopy and x-ray diffraction studies. The magnitude of K3/K1 and the reorientational steepness were evaluated by an electric capacitance measurement of the homogeneous cell. It became apparent from x-ray diffraction studies that the smectic-like short-range ordering among mesogenic molecules increases with increasing the fraction of PS6EC even in a nematic state of the composite system. The magnitude of K3/K1 was anomalously small, nearly zero, in an intermediate region between the smectic and the nematic phases for the (PS6EC/E7) composite system. At that region, furthermore, a discontinuous jump in the reorientation of liquid crystalline molecules, i.e., sharp steepness in an electro-optical switching, was successfully achieved.

  6. Tunable terahertz fishnet metamaterials based on thin nematic liquid crystal layers for fast switching

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    Zografopoulos, Dimitrios C.; Beccherelli, Romeo

    2015-01-01

    The electrically tunable properties of liquid-crystal fishnet metamaterials are theoretically investigated in the terahertz spectrum. A nematic liquid crystal layer is introduced between two fishnet metallic structures, forming a voltage-controlled metamaterial cavity. Tuning of the nematic molecular orientation is shown to shift the magnetic resonance frequency of the metamaterial and its overall electromagnetic response. A shift higher than 150 GHz is predicted for common dielectric and liquid crystalline materials used in terahertz technology and for low applied voltage values. Owing to the few micron-thick liquid crystal cell, the response speed of the tunable metamaterial is calculated as orders of magnitude faster than in demonstrated liquid-crystal based non-resonant terahertz components. Such tunable metamaterial elements are proposed for the advanced control of electromagnetic wave propagation in terahertz applications. PMID:26272652

  7. Tunable terahertz fishnet metamaterials based on thin nematic liquid crystal layers for fast switching.

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    Zografopoulos, Dimitrios C; Beccherelli, Romeo

    2015-08-14

    The electrically tunable properties of liquid-crystal fishnet metamaterials are theoretically investigated in the terahertz spectrum. A nematic liquid crystal layer is introduced between two fishnet metallic structures, forming a voltage-controlled metamaterial cavity. Tuning of the nematic molecular orientation is shown to shift the magnetic resonance frequency of the metamaterial and its overall electromagnetic response. A shift higher than 150 GHz is predicted for common dielectric and liquid crystalline materials used in terahertz technology and for low applied voltage values. Owing to the few micron-thick liquid crystal cell, the response speed of the tunable metamaterial is calculated as orders of magnitude faster than in demonstrated liquid-crystal based non-resonant terahertz components. Such tunable metamaterial elements are proposed for the advanced control of electromagnetic wave propagation in terahertz applications.

  8. Surface charge and interactions of 20-nm nanocolloids in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Ryzhkova, A. V.; Škarabot, M.; Muševič, I.

    2015-04-01

    We studied real-time motion of individual 20-nm silica nanoparticles in a thin layer of a nematic liquid crystal using a dark-field optical videomicroscopy. By tracking the positions of individual nanoparticles we observed that particle pair interactions are not only mediated by strong thermal fluctuations of the nematic liquid crystal, but also with a repulsive force of electric origin. We determined the total electric charge of silanated silica particles in the nematic liquid crystal 5CB by observing the electric-force-driven drift. Surprisingly, the surface electric charge density depends on colloidal size and is ˜4.5 ×10-3C/m2 for 20-nm nanocolloids, and two orders of magnitude lower, i.e., ˜2.3 ×10-5C/m2 , for 1 -μ m colloids. We conclude that electrostatic repulsion between like-charged particles prevents the formation of permanent colloidal assemblies of nanometer size. We also observed strong attraction of 20-nm silica nanoparticles to confining polyimide surfaces and larger clusters, which gradually results in complete expulsion of nanoparticles from the nematic liquid crystal to the surfaces of the confining cell.

  9. A new method for solid surface topographical studies using nematic liquid crystals

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    Baber, N.; Strugalski, Z.

    1984-03-01

    A new simple method has been developed to investigate the topography of a wide range of solid surfaces using nematic liquid crystals. Polarizing microscopy is employed. The usefulness of the method for detecting weak mechanical effects has been demonstrated. An application in criminology is foreseen.

  10. Nematicons deflection through interaction with disclination lines in chiral nematic liquid crystals

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    Laudyn, Urszula A.; Karpierz, Miroslaw A.

    2013-11-25

    In this work, we study experimentally the interaction of spatial optical soliton in chiral nematic liquid crystals with disclination line created in a wedge shaped cell. We show that in most cases the self-confined beam preserves this interaction. We demonstrate that this interaction can be employed for efficient bending of the soliton trajectory, as a result of reflection and refraction.

  11. Orientational dynamics in nematic liquid crystals - A coarse-grained simulation study

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    Humpert, A.; Masters, A. J.; Allen, M. P.

    2016-07-01

    We examine the behaviour of single-particle orientational time correlation functions in nematic liquid crystals. As well as the expected dynamics involving oscillation in a mean-field potential, and occasional jumps between orientations parallel and antiparallel to the director, we provide the first simulation evidence of long-time tails characteristic of coupling to director fluctuations.

  12. Consequences of director-density coupling theory for flexoelectricity in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Vitoriano, Carlindo; Sátiro, Caio

    2016-02-01

    We theoretically study how the measurements of the flexoelectric coefficients in nematic liquid crystals are affected by the inclusion of the director-density coupling energy. It is shown that this investigation is quite relevant for interpreting the data of experiments.

  13. Disorder-induced absorption of far-infrared waves by acoustic modes in nematic liquid crystals

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    Nenashev, A. V.; Wiemer, M.; Koch, M.; Dvurechenskii, A. V.; Gebhard, F.; Baranovskii, S. D.

    2016-08-01

    A mechanism of light absorption at THz frequencies in nematic liquid crystals based on intermolecular dynamics is proposed. In this mechanism, the energy conservation is supplied by acoustic phonons, whereas momentum conservation is provided by static spatial fluctuations of the director field. The mechanism predicts a continuous absorption spectrum in a broad frequency range.

  14. Cracks and Topological Defects in Nematic Nanotube Gels

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    Yodh, A. G.; Islam, M. F.; Alsayed, A. M.; Dogic, Z.; Nobili, M.; Zhang, J.; Ye, Fangfu; Lubensky, T. C.

    2006-03-01

    We have created [1] and studied [2] lyotropic nematic gels composed of aligned single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in a crosslinked N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPA) polymer matrix. These composites are created by dispersing surfactant stabilized SWNTs at low concentration in a solution of NIPA monomer that is then polymerized and crosslinked to form a gel, and then inducing a temperature-dependent volume-compression transition of the NIPA gel. Quantitative measurements of SWNT order parameter reveal a concentration-dependent crossover from isotropic to nematic phases. Due to the coupling of nematic order and elasticity of the polymer matrix, we also observe: (i) undulations and then cusping of the gel sidewalls, (ii) a nematic director that evolves as the gel sidewalls deform, (iii) networks of surface cracks that are orthogonal to the nematic director, and (iv) fissures at the sidewall cusps and associated topological defects that would not form in liquid nematics. This work is supported by grants from NSF (MRSEC DMR 05-20020 and DMR-0505048) and NASA NAG8-2172. References: 1. Islam, Alsayed, Dogic, Zhang, Lubensky, Yodh, PRL 92, 088303 (2004). 2. Islam, Nobili, Ye, Lubensky, Yodh, PRL 95, 148301 (2005).

  15. Saturn-ring defects around microspheres suspended in nematic liquid crystals: an analogy between confined geometries and magnetic fields.

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    Stark, Holger

    2002-09-01

    Particles suspended in a nematic liquid crystal exhibit characteristic dipolar and Saturn-ring configurations. Using results on the magnetic-field behavior of these configurations, we explain the recent observation of the Saturn-ring defect in confined geometries based on the idea that a confining geometry and a magnetic field generate a similar "confinement" for the nematic phase.

  16. Shear viscosity of nematic liquid crystals in the vicinity of the smectic-A phase in alkyloxycyanobiphenyl mixtures.

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    Jadzyn, J; Czechowski, G

    2001-11-01

    The paper presents a singular temperature behavior of the shear viscosity measured for freely flowing nematic liquid crystals in vicinity to smectic-A phase in n-octyloxycyanobiphenyl and n-hexyloxycyanobiphenyl mixtures--a system exhibiting the reentrant nematic phase.

  17. Nematic liquid-crystal alignment on stripe-patterned substrates.

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    Anquetil-Deck, C; Cleaver, D J

    2010-09-01

    Here, we use molecular simulation to consider the behavior of a thin nematic film confined between two identical nanopatterned substrates. Using patterns involving alternating stripes of homeotropic-favoring and homogeneous-favoring substrates, we investigate the influence of the relative stripe width and the film thickness. From this, we show that the polar anchoring angle can be varied continuously from planar to homeotropic by appropriate tuning of these parameters. For very thin films with equal stripe widths, we observe orientational bridging, the surface patterning being written in domains which traverse the nematic film. This dual-bridging-domain arrangement breaks down with increase in film thickness, however, being replaced by a single tilted monodomain. Strong azimuthal anchoring in the plane of the stripe boundaries is observed for all systems. PMID:21230093

  18. Laser trapping of small colloidal particles in a nematic liquid crystal: clouds and ghosts.

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    Musevic, I; Skarabot, M; Babic, D; Osterman, N; Poberaj, I; Nazarenko, V; Nych, A

    2004-10-29

    We show that, contrary to intuition, small (< or =1 microm) transparent particles can be trapped and manipulated in a nematic liquid crystal using an intense laser beam, although their index of refraction is lower than both refractive indices of the surrounding birefringent fluid. Two mechanisms are identified that are responsible for this anomalous trapping: (i) surface-induced distortion of the birefringent media around the particle, creating a high-index "cloud" around the colloid, and (ii) laser-induced distortion or (partial) melting of a nematic, creating a ghost colloid.

  19. Laser beam propagation in nematic liquid crystals at the temperature close to the nematicisotropic critical point.

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    Chen, Yu-Jen; Lin, Yu-Sung; Jiang, I-Min; Tsai, Ming-Shan

    2008-03-17

    This study investigates the optical nonlinearity of beam propagation in homogeneously aligned nematic liquid crystal (NLC) cells at a temperature close to the nematic-isotropic temperature (TNI). The undulate propagation mode with convergent and divergent loops appearing alternately is reported and the thermally enhanced optical reorientation nonlinearity at the focus is described. The optically induced phase transition exists along the pump beam direction. With the application of the conscopic technique, the arrangements of LC at the focus are proposed in this study. Results of this study demonstrate that the evolution of the LC configuration was affected by the pump beam based on the analysis of conoscopic patterns.

  20. Polar structure of disclination loops in nematic liquid crystals probed by second-harmonic-light scattering.

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    Pardaev, Shokir A; Williams, J C; Twieg, R J; Jakli, A; Gleeson, J T; Ellman, B; Sprunt, S

    2015-03-01

    Angle-resolved, second-harmonic-light scattering (SHLS) measurements are reported for three different classes of thermotropic nematic liquid crystals (NLCs): polar and nonpolar rodlike compounds and a bent-core compound. Results revealing well-defined scattering peaks are interpreted in terms of the electric polarization induced by distortions of the nematic orientational field ("flexopolarity") associated with inversion wall defects, nonsingular disclinations, analogous to Neel walls in ferromagnets, that often exhibit a closed loop morphology in NLCs. Analysis of the SHLS patterns based on this model provides a "proof-of-concept" for a potentially useful method to probe the flexopolar properties of NLCs.

  1. Nanofabrication of highly ordered, tunable metallic mesostructures via quasi-hard-templating of lyotropic liquid crystals

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    Zhang, Xinyi; Lu, Wei; Dai, Jiyan; Bourgeois, Laure; Yao, Jianfeng; Wang, Huanting; Friend, James R.; Zhao, Dongyuan; MacFarlane, Douglas R.

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of metal frameworks perforated with nanotunnels is a challenge because metals have high surface energies that favor low surface area structures; traditional liquid-crystal templating techniques cannot achieve the synthetic control required. We report a synthetic strategy to fabricate metal nanomaterials with highly ordered, tunable mesostructures in confined systems based on a new quasi-hard-templating liquid-crystals mechanism. The resulting platinum nanowires exhibit long range two-dimensional hexagonally ordered mesopore structures. In addition, single crystalline hexagonal mesoporous platinum nanowires with dominant {110} facets have been synthesized. Finally, we demonstrate that the mesostructures of metal nanomaterials can be tuned from hexagonal to lamellar mesostructures. PMID:25502015

  2. Optical Kerr effect in nematic liquid crystals: a molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Kiyohara, Kenji; Ohta, Koji; Shimizu, Yo

    Molecular dynamics simulations of the Gay-Berne model have been undertaken and optical response properties calculated for the isotropic and nematic phases. The components of the optical response were calculated for the coordinate system with respect to the director. Furthermore, the response for the components was separated into the orientational and collision induced contributions in order to analyse the mechanism of the optical response. It was observed, in particular, that one of the depolarized components of the response function does not vanish after long times for the nematic phase, unlike in the isotropic phase. This means that the orientation of the director can be permanently changed by instant irradiation with polarized light. The results give a microscopic picture of the optical Kerr effect in nematic liquid crystals.

  3. Thermal and optical study of semiconducting CNTs-doped nematic liquid crystalline material

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    Vimal, T.; Singh, D. P.; Gupta, S. K.; Pandey, S.; Agrahari, K.; Manohar, R.

    2016-06-01

    We report the thermal and spectroscopic analysis of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-doped nematic liquid crystal (NLC) material. The CNTs have been oriented in the p-ethoxybenzylidene p-butylaniline NLC. The thermal study of the CNTs doped nematic mixtures shows a significant decrease in the isotropic to nematic phase transition temperature. However higher doping concentration of CNTs has led to the further increase in transition temperature. The UV-Visible spectroscopy has been attempted on the CNTs/NLC mixtures at room temperature. The investigated NLC present one absorption band corresponding to π-π* electronic transition. A red shift of λmax with the increasing concentration of CNTs in the mixture has been observed. The band gap of NLC has been found to decrease after the doping of CNTs. The absorbance was measured for the UV light, polarized parallel and perpendicular to the LC director in the planar aligned cell.

  4. Dynamics of ordered colloidal particle monolayers at nematic liquid crystal interfaces.

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    Wei, Wei-Shao; Gharbi, Mohamed Amine; Lohr, Matthew A; Still, Tim; Gratale, Matthew D; Lubensky, T C; Stebe, Kathleen J; Yodh, A G

    2016-05-25

    We prepare two-dimensional crystalline packings of colloidal particles on surfaces of the nematic liquid crystal (NLC) 5CB, and we investigate the diffusion and vibrational phonon modes of these particles using video microscopy. Short-time particle diffusion at the air-NLC interface is well described by a Stokes-Einstein model with viscosity similar to that of 5CB. Crystal phonon modes, measured by particle displacement covariance techniques, are demonstrated to depend on the elastic constants of 5CB through interparticle forces produced by LC defects that extend from the interface into the underlying bulk material. The displacement correlations permit characterization of transverse and longitudinal sound velocities of the crystal packings, as well as the particle interactions produced by the LC defects. All behaviors are studied in the nematic phase as a function of increasing temperature up to the nematic-isotropic transition. PMID:27109759

  5. Wrinkling of a thin film on a nematic liquid-crystal elastomer

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    Soni, Harsh; Pelcovits, Robert A.; Powers, Thomas R.

    2016-07-01

    Wrinkles commonly develop in a thin film deposited on a soft elastomer substrate when the film is subject to compression. Motivated by recent experiments [Agrawal et al., Soft Matter 8, 7138 (2012)], 10.1039/c2sm25734c that show how wrinkle morphology can be controlled by using a nematic elastomer substrate, we develop the theory of small-amplitude wrinkles of an isotropic film atop a nematic elastomer. The directors of the nematic elastomer are initially uniform. For uniaxial compression of the film along the direction perpendicular to the elastomer directors, the system behaves as a compressed film on an isotropic substrate. When the uniaxial compression is along the direction of nematic order, we find that the soft elasticity characteristic of liquid-crystal elastomers leads to a critical stress for wrinkling which is very small compared to the case of an isotropic substrate. We also determine the wavelength of the wrinkles at the critical stress and show how the critical stress and wavelength depend on substrate depth and the anisotropy of the polymer chains in the nematic elastomer.

  6. Two-step switching in dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal mixtures

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    Mrukiewicz, M.; Perkowski, P.; Piecek, W.; Mazur, R.; Chojnowska, O.; Garbat, K.

    2015-11-01

    The so-called dual-frequency nematic mixtures are very promising components for applications in fast operating devices. Compared with classical nematics, they exhibit positive or negative anisotropy of the electric permittivity depending on the applied frequencies of an external electric field. Owing to this property, an overall switching process from planar to homeotropic orientations, and vice versa, can be shortened by using the electric field with two different frequencies. Electro-optical switching characteristics of transmission versus time as a function of applied voltage were obtained for two different dual-frequency mixtures in twisted nematic cells. For one of the investigated mixtures, unusual decrease in the light transmission at switching from the homeotropic to planar orientation at threshold voltage was observed. The switching process apparently occurs in two steps. The mechanism of the two-step switching at twisted dual-frequency nematic structures was discussed. The explanation of the switching mechanism takes into account the influence of the electric field with different frequencies on molecules with transverse and longitudinal dipole moments. Moreover, molecular structure of compounds constituting the mixtures was analyzed. Additionally, response times of the switching driven with low and high frequency pulses were shown. This work helps to understand the molecular interaction and electro-optical switching in the dual-frequency nematic liquid crystals.

  7. Wrinkling of a thin film on a nematic liquid-crystal elastomer.

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    Soni, Harsh; Pelcovits, Robert A; Powers, Thomas R

    2016-07-01

    Wrinkles commonly develop in a thin film deposited on a soft elastomer substrate when the film is subject to compression. Motivated by recent experiments [Agrawal et al., Soft Matter 8, 7138 (2012)]1744-683X10.1039/c2sm25734c that show how wrinkle morphology can be controlled by using a nematic elastomer substrate, we develop the theory of small-amplitude wrinkles of an isotropic film atop a nematic elastomer. The directors of the nematic elastomer are initially uniform. For uniaxial compression of the film along the direction perpendicular to the elastomer directors, the system behaves as a compressed film on an isotropic substrate. When the uniaxial compression is along the direction of nematic order, we find that the soft elasticity characteristic of liquid-crystal elastomers leads to a critical stress for wrinkling which is very small compared to the case of an isotropic substrate. We also determine the wavelength of the wrinkles at the critical stress and show how the critical stress and wavelength depend on substrate depth and the anisotropy of the polymer chains in the nematic elastomer. PMID:27575192

  8. Effects of solute characteristics and concentration on a lyotropic liquid crystal: solute-induced phase change.

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    Ibrahim, H G; Sallam, E S; Takieddin, M; Habboub, M

    1993-05-01

    We investigated the effects of increased concentrations of the solutes, salicylic acid, benzoic acid, and o-, m-, and p-methoxy benzoic acids, on the anisotropic properties of a liquid crystal solvent. The lamellar liquid crystal was composed of 37% polyoxyethylene (20) isohexadecyl ether in aqueous buffer of pH 1. Phase change, transition temperature, refractive index, and specific resistance of the mesophase were studied in the presence of solutes. Transfer rates of the solutes from the bulk mesophase into aqueous buffer across a lipoidal barrier were used to determine their apparent permeability coefficients. The results indicate that a phase change occurred in the liquid crystal from a lamellar to a hexagonal structure, in the case of salicylic, benzoic, and m-methoxy benzoic acids. However, o- and p-methoxy benzoic acids showed no effect on the packing arrangement of the liquid crystal in the concentration range studied. The occurrence of the phase change was both solute and concentration dependent. Relative values of apparent permeability coefficients of solutes reflected the extent of solute-solvent interactions in the systems.

  9. Topological defects around a spherical nanoparticle in nematic liquid crystal: coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Ilnytskyi, Jaroslav M; Trokhymchuk, Andrij; Schoen, Martin

    2014-09-21

    We consider the applicability of coarse-grained molecular dynamics for the simulation of defects in a nematic liquid crystal around a colloidal particle. Two types of colloids are considered, a soft colloid resembling a liquid crystal dendrimer or a similar macromolecule. In addition, a decorated colloid is used which could represent a gold nanoparticle with mesogen-modified surface. For both models we consider homeotropic and tangential anchoring. Precise control of the easy axis on the colloid's surface enables us to focus on specific planar arrangements in the case of a decorated colloid. The nematic phase is modelled explicitly via soft spherocylinders interacting through a potential, suggested by Lintuvuori and Wilson [J. Chem. Phys. 128, 044906 (2008)]. Properties of the nematic phase are studied by computing the Frank elastic constants. In addition, estimates for the nematic-isotropic transition and the coherence length allow us to establish a relation between energy and length scales with respect to experimental systems. Both models exhibit similar defect topologies, namely, that of a Saturn ring and a boojum-type of defect for homeotropic and tangential surface anchoring, respectively. In the decorated colloid model we tune the anchoring strength through the density of the mesogenic shell on the surface. We also found the biaxial boojum defect for the special case of longitudinal planar anchoring. The study demonstrates the potential of coarse-grained simulation methods for studying defects in liquid crystals. PMID:25240368

  10. Magnetic lyotropic phases

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    Dabadie, J. C.; Fabre, P.; Veyssie, M.; Cabuil, V.; Massart, R.

    1990-12-01

    The authors have demonstrated that it is possible to include tiny magnetic particles into different types of lyotropic phases, such as sponge, microemulsion or lamellar phases. The first point of interest in these results is to prove the compatibility between solid colloids and organized liquids. As for the hybrid lamellar phase, they have studied its phase diagram versus the smectic period and the particle concentration-which are the two relevant parameters-and deduced its range of stability. Moreover, this ferrosmectic phase exhibits original features when subjected to a magnetic field even when it is very low: the lamellae orientate in the direction of the field. The detailed mechanism of this strong coupling between the spherical particles, the flexible membranes and the magnetic field is not fully understood, and deserves further experimental and theoretical study.

  11. Nematic quantum phase transition of composite Fermi liquids in half-filled Landau levels and their geometric response

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    You, Yizhi; Cho, Gil Young; Fradkin, Eduardo

    2016-05-01

    We present a theory of the isotropic-nematic quantum phase transition in the composite Fermi liquid arising in half-filled Landau levels. We show that the quantum phase transition between the isotropic and the nematic phase is triggered by an attractive quadrupolar interaction between electrons, as in the case of conventional Fermi liquids. We derive the theory of the nematic state and of the phase transition. This theory is based on the flux attachment procedure, which maps an electron liquid in half-filled Landau levels into the composite Fermi liquid close to a nematic transition. We show that the local fluctuations of the nematic order parameters act as an effective dynamical metric interplaying with the underlying Chern-Simons gauge fields associated with the flux attachment. Both the fluctuations of the Chern-Simons gauge field and the nematic order parameter can destroy the composite fermion quasiparticles and drive the system into a non-Fermi liquid state. The effective-field theory for the isotropic-nematic phase transition is shown to have z =3 dynamical exponent due to the Landau damping of the dense Fermi system. We show that there is a Berry-phase-type term that governs the effective dynamics of the nematic order parameter fluctuations, which can be interpreted as a nonuniversal "Hall viscosity" of the dynamical metric. We also show that the effective-field theory of this compressible fluid has a Wen-Zee-type term. Both terms originate from the time-reversal breaking fluctuation of the Chern-Simons gauge fields. We present a perturbative (one-loop) computation of the Hall viscosity and also show that this term is also obtained by a Ward identity. We show that the topological excitation of the nematic fluid, the disclination, carries an electric charge. We show that a resonance observed in radio-frequency conductivity experiments can be interpreted as a Goldstone nematic mode gapped by lattice effects.

  12. Xanthan Gum-a lyotropic, liquid crystalline polymer and its properties as a suspending agent

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    Salamone, J.C.; Clough, S.B.; Jamison, D.E.; Reid, K.I.G.; Salamone, A.B.

    1982-08-01

    Studies a variety of xanthan solutions of various polymer concentrations in the presence and absence of various salts under a polarized light microscope (100X) in order to test xanthan gum for liquid crystalline order. Xanthan gum, a polysaccharide used in drilling fluids and in tertiary recovery, has relatively stable viscosity properties as a function of salt concentration, pH, temperature, and shear degradation. With solutions from 2 to 10% (wt/vol) xanthan gum in distilled water at room temperature, birefringent, ordered domains were observed at 10% concentration, with a decrease in birefringence as the polymer concentration decreased. When the xanthan solution is sheared between a glass slide and a cover slip, the optic axis (chain direction) aligns using the shear direction (as determined by the colors displayed using a first-order red plate). Examines liquid crystalline behavior of other naturally occurring polymers.

  13. Lowring Lasing Threshold in Chiral Nematic Liquid Crystal Structure with Different Anisotropies

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    Chee, Mu Guen; Song, Myoung Hoon; Kim, Doseok; Takezoe, Hideo; Chung, In Jae

    2007-05-01

    Cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) cells were fabricated using three kinds of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) materials with different optical birefringent anisotropies Δ n. A larger Δ n of NLCs results in a larger photonic band gap (PBG) width and higher density of states (DOS) at the PBG edge for each CLC cell. We were able to lower the threshold energy by a factor of more than two using CLC cells with a broader PBG width.

  14. Nematic polymer liquid-crystal wave plate for high-power lasers at 1054 nm

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    Kreuzer, F. ); Korenic, E.M.; Jacobs, S.D.; Houghton, J.K.; Schmid, A. )

    1994-04-01

    A nematic polymer liquid crystal is used to construct wave plates for use at 1054 nm. Three methods of wave-plate construction are discussed: double substrate with fiber spacers in homogeneous distribution, double substrate with fiber spacers in annular distribution, and single substrate. The polymer liquid crystal shows high laser-damage resistance, making it particularly useful for high-peak-power laser applications. Alignment techniques and measurement of birefringence for the highly viscous polymer are described.

  15. Shear rheology and in-vitro release kinetic study of apigenin from lyotropic liquid crystal.

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    Fan, Jun; Liu, Feng; Wang, Zhongni

    2016-01-30

    Apigenin is a flavonoid compound with diverse pharmacological functions which could develop health benefit products, but its formulation is hampered by its poor water solubility and bioavailability. In this paper, in order to overcome these difficulties, apigenin was encapsulated in LLC formed by polyoxyethylene-10-oleyl ether (Brij 97) and sodium deoxycholate (NaDC) mixtures. The hexagonal liquid crystalline phase (H) and the cubic liquid crystalline phase (C) were found in this system. The shear rheology was used to study the structure change with temperature. It was shown that C3 (Brij 97-NaDC/IPM-PEG400/H2O=36:9:55) was C at low temperature. But above 35.6°C, the matrix of C3 completely transformed to polymer solution. The matrix of H3 was H (Brij 97-NaDC:IPM-PEG 400:H2O=50:9:41) below 50°C, but the structural strength change was obvious. Vitro release experiment was used to study drug release kinetics. It was indicated that apigenin encapsulated in LLC conformed to the concentration diffusion model, and cumulative percentage of apigenin released from C3 and H3 had corresponding relationship with the shear rheology at different temperatures. PMID:26657272

  16. Topological Influence of Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline Systems on Excited-State Proton Transfer Dynamics.

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    Roy, Bibhisan; Satpathi, Sagar; Hazra, Partha

    2016-03-29

    In the present work, we have investigated the excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) dynamics inside lipid-based reverse hexagonal (HII), gyroid Ia3d, and diamond Pn3m LLC phases. Polarized light microscopy (PLM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques have been employed for the characterization of LLC systems. Time-resolved fluorescence results reveal the retarded ESPT dynamics inside liquid crystalline systems compared to bulk water, and it follows the order HII < Ia3d < Pn3m < H2O. The slower solvation, hampered "Grotthuss" proton transfer process, and most importantly, topological influence, of the LLC systems are believed to be mainly responsible for the slower and different extent of ESPT dynamics. Interestingly, recombination dynamics is found to be faster with respect to bulk water and it follows the order H2O < Pn3m < Ia3d < HII. Faster recombination dynamics arises due to lower dielectric constant and different channel diameters of these LLC systems. However, the dissociation dynamics is found to be slower than bulk water and it follows the order HII < Ia3d < Pn3m < H2O. Differences in critical packing parameter of LLC systems are believed to be the governing factors for the slower dissociation dynamics in these liquid crystalline systems.

  17. Optical response from dual-frequency hybrid-aligned nematic liquid crystal cells

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    Konshina, E. A.; Vakulin, D. A.; Ivanova, N. L.; Gavrish, E. O.; Vasil'ev, V. N.

    2012-05-01

    Dual-frequency hybrid-aligned nematic liquid crystal cells and the influence of the parameters of a control electric field on their optical response are studied. It is found that the harmonic oscillations of the optical transmission in such cells are observed in the interval between low frequency-to-high frequency voltage switchings unlike in conventional twisted nematic cells. A V-shaped bistable optical response is obtained by successively applying sinusoidal electric fields with frequencies of 1 and 30 kHz to a twisted nematic cell. For a liquid crystal layer 8 μm thick and an applied voltage of 50 V, the response time is 10 ms. In a hybrid-aligned twisted-nematic cell with a large initial tilt angle of the director (about 70°), the V-shaped optical response is observed when the inclined homeotropic state is switched to the twisted state by applying a 30-kHz field. The initial structure of the layer recovers as a result of natural elastic relaxation, and the response time increases roughly fourfold.

  18. Disclination elastica model of loop collision and growth in confined nematic liquid crystals.

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    Shams, Alireza; Yao, Xuxia; Park, Jung Ok; Srinivasarao, Mohan; Rey, Alejandro D

    2015-07-21

    Theory and modeling are used to characterize disclination loop-loop interactions in nematic liquid crystals under capillary confinement with strong homeotropic anchoring. This defect process arises when a mesogen in the isotropic phase is quenched into the stable nematic state. The texture evolution starts with +1/2 disclination loops that merge into a single loop through a process that involves collision, pinching and relaxation. The process is characterized with a combined Rouse-Frank model that incorporates the tension and bending elasticity of disclinations and the rotational viscosity of nematics. The Frank model of disclinations follows the Euler elastica model, whose non-periodic solution, known as Poleni's curve, is shown to locally describe the loop-loop collision and to shed light on why loop-loop merging results in a disclination intersection angle of approximately 60°. Additional Poleni invariants demonstrate how tension and bending pinch the two loops into a single +1/2 disclination ring. The Rouse model of disclination relaxation yields a Cahn-Hilliard equation whose time constant combines the confinement, tension/bending stiffness ratio and disclination diffusivity. Based on predictions made using this three stage process, a practical procedure is proposed to find viscoelastic parameters from defect geometry and defect dynamics. These findings contribute to the evolving understanding of textural transformations in nematic liquid crystals under confinement using the disclination elastica methodology. PMID:26061721

  19. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of slowly tumbling vanadyl spin probes in nematic liquid crystals

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    Bruno, G. V.; Harrington, J. K.; Eastman, M. P.

    1978-01-01

    The purposes of this vanadyl spin probe study are threefold: (1) to establish when the breakdown of motionally narrowed formulas occurs; (2) to analyze the experimental vanadyl EPR line shapes by the stochastic Lioville method as developed by Polnaszek et al. (1973) for slow tumbling in an anisotropic liquid; and (3) to compare the vanadyl probe study results with those of Polnaszek and Freed (1975). Spectral EPR line shapes are simulated for experimental spectra of vanadyl acetylacetonate (VOAA) in nematic liquid crystal butyl p-(p-ethoxyphenoxycarbonyl) phenyl carbonate (BEPC) and Phase V of EM laboratories. It is shown that the use of typical vanadyl complexes as spin probes for nematic liquid crystals simplifies the theoretical analysis and the subsequent interpretation. Guidelines for the breakdown of motionally narrowed formulas are established. Both the slow tumbling aspects and the effects of non-Brownian rotation should be resolved in order to extract quantitative information about molecular ordering and rotational mobility.

  20. Symmetry breaking and interaction of colloidal particles in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Lev, B I; Chernyshuk, S B; Tomchuk, P M; Yokoyama, H

    2002-02-01

    We propose a general approach to the description of the long-ranged elastic interaction in the nematic colloids, based on the symmetry breaking of the director field. The type of the far-field interaction between particles immersed in a nematic host is determined by the way the symmetry is broken in the near-field region around the colloidal particle. This is caused both by the particle's shape and the anchoring at the surface. If the director field near the particle has a set of three symmetry planes, the far-field interaction falls off as d(-5) with d being the distance between particles. If one symmetry plane is absent, a dipolar moment perpendicular to it is allowed and yields dipole-dipole interactions, which decays as d(-3). If both the horizontal and vertical mirror symmetries are broken (it is equivalent to the case when the nonzero torque moment is applied to the particle by the nematic liquid crystal), the particles are shown to attract each other following the Coulomb law. We propose a simple method for the experimental observation of this Coulomb attraction. The behavior of colloid particles in curved director fields is analyzed. Quadrupolar particles with planar anchoring are shown to be attracted toward the regions with high splay deformations, while quadrupoles with homeotropic anchoring are depleted from such regions. When there are many colloidal particles in the nematic solvent, the distortions of the director from all of them are overlapped and lead to the exponential screening in the elastic pair interaction potential. This is a many-body interaction effect. This screening is essential in the real dense colloid systems, such as ferronematics--suspensions of magnetic cylindrical grains in the nematic liquid crystal. External magnetic field induces an elastic Yukawa attraction between them. We apply this attraction to the explanation of the cellular texture in magnetically doped liquid crystals.

  1. Multiple alignment modes for nematic liquid crystals doped with alkylthiol-capped gold nanoparticles.

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    Qi, Hao; Hegmann, Torsten

    2009-08-01

    The ability of alkylthiol capped gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) to tune, alter, and reverse the alignment of nematic liquid crystals (LCs) has been investigated in detail. Adjusting the concentration of the suspended Au NPs in the nematic LC host, optimizing the sample preparation protocol, or providing different sample substrates (untreated glass slides, rubbed polyimide-coated LC test cell, or ITO-coated glass slides) results in several LC alignment scenarios (modes) including vertical alignment, planar alignment, and a thermally controlled alignment switch between these two alignment modes. The latter thermal switch between planar and homeotropic alignment was observed particularly for lower concentrations (i.e., around 1 to 2 wt %) of suspended NPs in the size regime of 1.5-2 nm and was found to be concentration-dependent and thermally reversible. Different scenarios are discussed that could explain these induced alignment modes. In one scenario, the NP-induced alignment is related to the temperature-dependent change of the order parameter, S, of the nematic phase (ordering in the bulk). In the second scenario, a change of the ordering of the nematic molecules around the NPs that reside at the interfaces is described. We also started to test spin coating as an alternative way of preparing nematic thin films with well-separated Au NPs on the substrate and found this to be a possible method for manufacturing of future NP-doped LC devices, as this method produced evenly distributed NPs on glass substrates. Together the presented findings continue to pave the way for LC display-related applications of Au NP-doped nematic LCs and provide insights for N-LC sensor applications. PMID:20355789

  2. Analytical description of 2D magnetic Freedericksz transition in a rectangular cell of a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Burylov, S V; Zakhlevnykh, A N

    2016-06-01

    We study the Freedericksz transition induced by a magnetic field in a rectangular cell filled with a nematic liquid crystal. In the initial state the director of the nematic liquid crystal is uniformly aligned in the cross section plane of the cell with rigid anchoring of the director at cell walls: planar on the top and bottom walls, and homeotropic on the left and right ones. The magnetic field is directed perpendicular to the cell cross section plane. We consider two-dimensional (2D) orientational deformations of the nematic liquid crystal in the rectangular cell and determine the critical value of the Freedericksz transition field above which these orientational deformations occur. The 2D expression for the director alignment profile above the threshold of Freedericksz transition is analytically found and the profile shapes as functions of cell sizes, values of the Frank elastic constants of the nematic liquid crystal and the magnetic field are studied. PMID:27349554

  3. Effect of UV curing conditions on polymerized tunable chiral nematic liquid crystals

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    Mohammadimasoudi, Mohammad; Beeckman, Jeroen; Neyts, Kristiaan

    2014-10-01

    Chiral nematic liquid crystals have attracted substantial interest. They spontaneously self-organize to form a helical structure with no complex fabrication procedure required and exhibit a reflection band for a certain wavelength interval. Since the photonic band gap can be tuned by applying external factors (heat, voltage, light, elasticity) chiral nematic liquid crystals are potentially interesting for large area optical filters and shutters, reflective displays and tunable lasers. In this work, a device which consists of a mixture of photo-polymerizable liquid crystal, non-reactive nematic liquid crystal and a chiral dopant is fabricated. By selecting the appropriate chiral dopant concentration, it is possible to make devices for different operation wavelengths. The influence of UV illumination on a partially polymerized chiral liquid crystal is investigated. A blue-wavelength shift of the photonic band gap is obtained as a function of power, duration time of UV illumination and the thickness of the cells. Interestingly the width and depth of the photonic band gap is unaffected by the change in UV curing conditions, which indicates that there is no degradation by the UV light.

  4. Air tube formation at the freezing transition in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Völtz, C; Maeda, Y; Tabe, Y; Yokoyama, H

    2007-03-01

    A phenomenon is presented, which changes the shape of gas bubbles in liquid crystals and also creates long gas tubes. The system consists of air bubbles which are injected into a nematic liquid crystal host. The shape of these air bubbles changes from spherical to ellipsoidal by initiating freezing of the sample. Furthermore, long gas tubes are formed from the air which was formerly dissolved in the liquid crystal. The gas tubes are created by the progression of the crystalline-liquid interface. Their length can reach up to 40 times their diameter. The diameter of the tubes depends on the pressure applied to the system, as well as on the interface velocity.

  5. Elastic Torque and the Levitation of Metal Wires by a Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Lapointe, C.; Hultgren, A.; Silevitch, D. M.; Felton, E. J.; Reich, D. H.; Leheny, R. L.

    2004-01-01

    Anisotropic particles suspended in a nematic liquid crystal disturb the alignment of the liquid crystal molecules and experience small forces that depend on the particles' orientation. We have measured these forces using magnetic nanowires. The torque on a wire and its orientation-dependent repulsion from a flat surface are quantitatively consistent with theoretical predictions based on the elastic properties of the liquid crystal. These forces can also be used to manipulate submicrometer-scale particles. We show that controlled spatial variations in the liquid crystal's alignment convert the torque on a wire to a translational force that levitates the wire to a specified height.

  6. Nonionic amphiphile nanoarchitectonics: self-assembly into micelles and lyotropic liquid crystals.

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    Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Strzelczyk, Karolina Maria; Shrestha, Rekha Goswami; Ichikawa, Kotoko; Aramaki, Kenji; Hill, Jonathan P; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2015-05-22

    Amphiphiles, molecules that possess both hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties, are architecturally simple molecules that can spontaneously self-assemble into complex hierarchical structures from lower to higher dimensions either in the bulk phase or at an interface. Recent developments in multifunctional nanostructure design using the advanced concept of nanoarchitectonics utilize this simple process of assembly. Amphiphilic self-assemblies involving lipids or proteins mimic the structure of biological systems, thus highlighting the necessity of a fundamental physical understanding of amphiphilic self-assembly towards a realization of the complex mechanisms operating in nature. Herein, we describe self-assembled microstructures of biocompatible and biodegradable tetraglycerol lauryl ether (C12G4) nonionic surfactant in an aqueous solvent system. Temperature-composition analyses of equilibrium phases identified by using small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) provide strong evidence of various spontaneously self-assembled mesostructures, such as normal micelles (Wm), hexagonal liquid crystal (H1), and reverse micelles (Om). In contrast to conventional poly(oxyethylene) nonionic surfactants, C12G4 did not exhibit the clouding phenomenon at higher temperatures (phase separation was not observed up to 100 °C), demonstrating the greater thermal stability of the self-assembled mesophases. Generalized indirect Fourier transformation (GIFT) evaluation of the SAXS data confirmed the formation of core-shell-type spherical micelles with a maximum dimension ca. 8.7 nm. The shape and size of the C12G4 micelles remained apparently unchanged over a wide range of concentrations (up to 20%), but intermicellar interactions increased and could be described by the Percus-Yevick (PY) theory (after Carnahan and Starling), which provides a very accurate analytical expression for the osmotic pressure of a monodisperse hard sphere.

  7. Nonionic amphiphile nanoarchitectonics: self-assembly into micelles and lyotropic liquid crystals

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    Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Strzelczyk, Karolina Maria; Goswami Shrestha, Rekha; Ichikawa, Kotoko; Aramaki, Kenji; Hill, Jonathan P.; Ariga, Katsuhiko

    2015-05-01

    Amphiphiles, molecules that possess both hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties, are architecturally simple molecules that can spontaneously self-assemble into complex hierarchical structures from lower to higher dimensions either in the bulk phase or at an interface. Recent developments in multifunctional nanostructure design using the advanced concept of nanoarchitectonics utilize this simple process of assembly. Amphiphilic self-assemblies involving lipids or proteins mimic the structure of biological systems, thus highlighting the necessity of a fundamental physical understanding of amphiphilic self-assembly towards a realization of the complex mechanisms operating in nature. Herein, we describe self-assembled microstructures of biocompatible and biodegradable tetraglycerol lauryl ether (C12G4) nonionic surfactant in an aqueous solvent system. Temperature-composition analyses of equilibrium phases identified by using small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) provide strong evidence of various spontaneously self-assembled mesostructures, such as normal micelles (Wm), hexagonal liquid crystal (H1), and reverse micelles (Om). In contrast to conventional poly(oxyethylene) nonionic surfactants, C12G4 did not exhibit the clouding phenomenon at higher temperatures (phase separation was not observed up to 100 °C), demonstrating the greater thermal stability of the self-assembled mesophases. Generalized indirect Fourier transformation (GIFT) evaluation of the SAXS data confirmed the formation of core-shell-type spherical micelles with a maximum dimension ca. 8.7 nm. The shape and size of the C12G4 micelles remained apparently unchanged over a wide range of concentrations (up to 20%), but intermicellar interactions increased and could be described by the Percus-Yevick (PY) theory (after Carnahan and Starling), which provides a very accurate analytical expression for the osmotic pressure of a monodisperse hard sphere.

  8. Solvation Dynamics in Different Phases of the Lyotropic Liquid Crystalline System.

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    Roy, Bibhisan; Satpathi, Sagar; Gavvala, Krishna; Koninti, Raj Kumar; Hazra, Partha

    2015-09-01

    Reverse hexagonal (HII) liquid crystalline material based on glycerol monooleate (GMO) is considered as a potential carrier for drugs and other important biomolecules due to its thermotropic phase change and excellent morphology. In this work, the dynamics of encapsulated water, which plays important role in stabilization and formation of reverse hexagonal mesophase, has been investigated by time dependent Stokes shift method using Coumarin-343 as a solvation probe. The formation of the reverse hexagonal mesophase (HII) and transformation to the L2 phase have been monitored using small-angle X-ray scattering and polarized light microscopy experiments. REES studies suggest the existence of different polar regions in both HII and L2 systems. The solvation dynamics study inside the reverse hexagonal (HII) phase reveals the existence of two different types of water molecules exhibiting dynamics on a 120-900 ps time scale. The estimated diffusion coefficients of both types of water molecules obtained from the observed dynamics are in good agreement with the measured diffusion coefficient collected from the NMR study. The calculated activation energy is found to be 2.05 kcal/mol, which is associated with coupled rotational-translational water relaxation dynamics upon the transition from "bound" to "quasi-free" state. The observed ∼2 ns faster dynamics of the L2 phase compared to the HII phase may be associated with both the phase transformation as well as thermotropic effect on the relaxation process. Microviscosities calculated from time-resolved anisotropy studies infer that the interface is almost ∼22 times higher viscous than the central part of the cylinder. Overall, our results reveal the unique dynamical features of water inside the cylinder of reverse hexagonal and inverse micellar phases.

  9. Elastic and hydrodynamic torques on a colloidal disk within a nematic liquid crystal

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    Rovner, Joel B.; Borgnia, Dan S.; Reich, Daniel H.; Leheny, Robert L.

    2012-10-01

    The orientationally dependent elastic energy and hydrodynamic behavior of colloidal disks with homeotropic surface anchoring suspended in the nematic liquid crystal 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) have been investigated. In the absence of external torques, the disks align with the normal of the disk face â parallel to the nematic director n̂. When a magnetic field is applied, the disks rotate â by an angle θ so that the magnetic torque and the elastic torque caused by distortion of the nematic director field are balanced. Over a broad range of angles, the elastic torque increases linearly with θ in quantitative agreement with a theoretical prediction based on an electrostatic analogy. When the disks are rotated to angles θ>(π)/(2), the resulting large elastic distortion makes the disk orientation unstable, and the director undergoes a topological transition in which θπ-θ. In the transition, a defect loop is shed from the disk surface, and the disks spin so that â sweeps through π radians as the loop collapses back onto the disk. Additional measurements of the angular relaxation of disks to θ=0 following removal of the external torque show a quasi-exponential time dependence from which an effective drag viscosity for the nematic can be extracted. The scaling of the angular time dependence with disk radius and observations of disks rotating about â indicate that the disk motion affects the director field at surprisingly modest Ericksen numbers.

  10. Liquid crystal alignment at macroscopically isotropic polymer surfaces: Effect of an isotropic-nematic phase transition

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    Aryasova, Natalie; Reznikov, Yuri

    2016-09-01

    We study the effect of an isotropic-nematic (I -N ) phase transition on the liquid crystal alignment at untreated polymer surfaces. We demonstrate that the pattern at the untreated substrate in the planar cell where the other substrate is uniformly rubbed strongly depends on the temperature gradient across the cell during the I -N phase transition, being macroscopically isotropic if the untreated substrate is cooled faster, but becoming almost homogeneous along the rubbing direction in the opposite temperature gradient. We interpret the observed effect using complementary models of heat transfer and nematic elasticity. Based on the heat transfer model we show that the asymmetric temperature conditions in our experiments provide unidirectional propagation of the I -N interface during the phase transition and determine the initial director orientation pattern at the test's untreated surface. Using the Frank-Oseen model of nematic elasticity, we represent the three-dimensional director field in the nematic cell as a two-dimensional (2D) pattern at the untreated surface and perform 2D numeric simulations. The simulations explain the experimental results: Different initial director orientations at the untreated surface evolve into different stationary patterns.

  11. Optical characterization of a dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid crystal cell.

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    Jewell, S; Sambles, J R

    2005-04-01

    The dielectric anisotropy of a highly dispersive dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal (MDA-00-3969 (Merck KGa)) has been determined using the optical fully-leaky guided-mode technique. A 4Vrms sinusoidal voltage was applied across a 5microm hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) cell at various frequencies in both the positive and negative dielectric anisotropy regime. Optical data was collected at each frequency enabling the director profile in each case to be determined using a multi-layer optics model in combination with a liquid crystal free-energy minimization routine. The thresholdless response of the HAN cell combined with the extreme sensitivity of the optical characterization technique has allowed subtle changes in dielectric permittivity with frequency to be observed. The resulting measured dispersion shows excellent agreement with a single Debye-type relaxation model.

  12. Photo-stimulated phase and anchoring transitions of chiral azo-dye doped nematic liquid crystals.

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    Kundu, Sudarshan; Kang, Shin-Woong

    2013-12-16

    We report concurring phase and anchoring transitions of chiral azo-dye doped nematic liquid crystals. The transitions are induced by photo-stimulation and stable against light and thermal treatments. Photochromic trans- to cis-isomerization of azo-dye induces an augmented dipole moment and strong dipole-dipole interaction of the cis-isomers, resulting in the formation of nano-sized dye-aggregates. Consequent phase separation of the aggregates of a chiral azo-dye induces phase transition from a chiral to nonchiral nematic phase. In addition, the deposition of dye-aggregates at the surfaces brings about anchoring transition of LC molecules. The stability and irreversibility of the transition, together with no need of pretreatments for LC alignment, provide fascinating opportunity for liquid crystal device applications.

  13. Dynamics of electroconvective nematic liquid crystal structures in a nonharmonic electric field

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    Kartavykh, N. N.; Smorodin, B. L.

    2010-10-01

    The emergence of electroconvection in a nematic liquid crystal under the action of a nonharmonic electric field is investigated. Analysis is carried out using a 2D model. We propose new forms of the varying electric field acting on the system, for which subharmonic oscillations exist: (a) electric field of a trapezoidal form and (b) external field varying in accordance with the law of “joined cosines.” The behavior of synchronous excitations in the insulating and conducting regimes, as well as subharmonic oscillations, is analyzed. The parametric instability domains are found, and the critical frequencies of transition between different response regimes are determined. The stability maps of the nematic liquid crystal are constructed on the frequency-voltage amplitude plane.

  14. Optical characterization of a dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid crystal cell

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    Jewell, S. A.; Sambles, J. R.

    2005-04-01

    The dielectric anisotropy of a highly dispersive dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal (MDA-00-3969 (Merck KGa)) has been determined using the optical fully-leaky guided-mode technique. A 4Vrms sinusoidal voltage was applied across a 5µm hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) cell at various frequencies in both the positive and negative dielectric anisotropy regime. Optical data was collected at each frequency enabling the director profile in each case to be determined using a multi-layer optics model in combination with a liquid crystal free-energy minimization routine. The thresholdless response of the HAN cell combined with the extreme sensitivity of the optical characterization technique has allowed subtle changes in dielectric permittivity with frequency to be observed. The resulting measured dispersion shows excellent agreement with a single Debye-type relaxation model.

  15. The influence of Ag nanoparticles on random laser from dye-doped nematic liquid crystals

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    Ye, Lihua; Liu, Bo; Li, Fangjie; Feng, Yangyang; Cui, Yiping; Lu, Yanqing

    2016-10-01

    The threshold energy and electric field response characteristic of random laser have been investigated in dye-doped nematic liquid crystal (DDNLC) with the addition of different concentrations of Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Due to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) induced by Ag NPs, random laser from DDNLC with Ag NP doping had a lower threshold energy. From another point of view, nematic liquid crystals (LCs) in a DDNLC cell with the addition of Ag NPs could be more easily influenced by the electric field, which allowed the random laser to be controlled at a lower applied voltage. The turn-off time and turn-on time of random laser also decreased in the DDNLC cells with increasing the concentration of Ag NPs. This is due to the enhancement of the electro-optical characteristic of LC and the restoring force imparted by the locally ordered LCs induced by the Ag NPs, respectively.

  16. Self-organization processes and topological defects in nanolayers in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Chuvyrov, A. N.; Girfanova, F. M. Mal'tsev, I. S.

    2008-05-15

    Atomic force microscopy is used to study the self-organization processes that occur during the formation of topological defects in nanomolecular layers in a nematic liquid crystal with the homeotropic orientation of its molecules with respect to the substrate. In this case, a smectic monolayer with a thickness of one molecule length (about 2.2 nm) forms on the substrate, and a nanomolecular layer of a nematic liquid crystal forms above this monolayer. In such virtually two-dimensional layers, numerous different nanoclusters, namely, hut structures, pyramids, raft structures with symmetry C{sub nm} (where n = 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, ?, {infinity}), cones, and nanopools, form [1]. They have a regular shape close to the geometry of solid crystals. Modulated linear structures and topological point defects appear spontaneously in the nanopools and raft structures.

  17. Optical characterization of a dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid crystal cell.

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    Jewell, S; Sambles, J R

    2005-04-01

    The dielectric anisotropy of a highly dispersive dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal (MDA-00-3969 (Merck KGa)) has been determined using the optical fully-leaky guided-mode technique. A 4Vrms sinusoidal voltage was applied across a 5microm hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) cell at various frequencies in both the positive and negative dielectric anisotropy regime. Optical data was collected at each frequency enabling the director profile in each case to be determined using a multi-layer optics model in combination with a liquid crystal free-energy minimization routine. The thresholdless response of the HAN cell combined with the extreme sensitivity of the optical characterization technique has allowed subtle changes in dielectric permittivity with frequency to be observed. The resulting measured dispersion shows excellent agreement with a single Debye-type relaxation model. PMID:19495154

  18. Microsecond-range optical shutter for unpolarized light with chiral nematic liquid crystal

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    Mohammadimasoudi, Mohammad Neyts, Kristiaan; Beeckman, Jeroen; Shin, Jungsoon; Lee, Keechang

    2015-04-15

    A fast electro-optic shutter is fabricated and demonstrated. The device works independently of the polarization state of the incoming light beam. Modulation between 3% transmission and 60% transmission is obtained within a wavelength range of 50 nm with a response time of 20 μs. The device consists of two partly polymerized chiral nematic liquid crystal layers separated by a half wave plate. The transmission modulation is due to a 50 nm wavelength shift of the photonic band gap of the chiral liquid crystal realized by applying an electric field over a mixture of photo-polymerized LC and non-reactive nematic LC containing a chiral dopant. The shutter features high reflectivity in the photonic band gap. We investigate the influence of the amplitude of the applied voltage on the width and the depth of the reflection band.

  19. Orientation of nematic liquid crystal in open glass microstructures

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    Azarinia, H.; Beeckman, J.; Neyts, K.; Schacht, E.; Gironès, J.; James, R.; Fernandez, F. A.

    2009-09-01

    Liquid crystal materials can have bulk reorientation due to surface interaction and are therefore of interest for biosensing applications. We present a setup, with holes etched in a substrate, filled with liquid crystal and covered by a sample fluid. The influence of the depth of the microcavities and the type of liquid on the liquid crystal orientation is investigated by experiments and simulations.

  20. Long-range plasmonic directional coupler switches controlled by nematic liquid crystals.

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    Zografopoulos, D C; Beccherelli, R

    2013-04-01

    A liquid-crystal tunable plasmonic optical switch based on a long-range metal stripe directional coupler is proposed and theoretically investigated. Extensive electro-optic tuning of the coupler's characteristics is demonstrated by introducing a nematic liquid crystal layer above two coplanar plasmonic waveguides. The switching properties of the proposed plasmonic structure are investigated through rigorous liquid-crystal studies coupled with a finite-element based analysis of light propagation. A directional coupler optical switch is demonstrated, which combines very low power consumption, low operation voltages, adjustable crosstalk and coupling lengths, along with sufficiently reduced insertion losses. PMID:23571914

  1. Frequency-controlled deflection of spatial solitons in nematic liquid crystals

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    Piccardi, Armando; Alberucci, Alessandro; Buchnev, Oleksandr; Kaczmarek, Malgosia; Choon Khoo, Iam; Assanto, Gaetano

    2012-08-01

    We demonstrate frequency-controlled angular steering of light-induced solitary waveguides using dual frequency nematic liquid crystals. Specially designed comb-shaped electrodes allow the maximization of the in-plane electro-optic angular deviation of the soliton Poynting vector, modulating the resulting walk-off up to an overall deflection of 13° when the frequency of the applied voltage goes from 1 to 100 kHz.

  2. Rapid switching in a dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid crystal cell

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    Jewell, S. A.; Taphouse, T. S.; Sambles, J. R.

    2005-07-01

    We report the optical characterization of a dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) liquid crystal cell driven between two states using a multiple-frequency sinusoidal pulse. The complex dynamic director structure formed during the fast switching process is resolved in unprecedented detail on a submillisecond time scale. The results reveal backflow effects and a total switching time that is substantially faster than that achievable with conventional HAN cells.

  3. Finite Time Singularity of the Nematic Liquid Crystal Flow in Dimension Three

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    Huang, Tao; Lin, Fanghua; Liu, Chun; Wang, Changyou

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we consider the initial and boundary value problem of a simplified nematic liquid crystal flow in dimension three and construct two examples of finite time singularity. The first example is constructed within the class of axisymmetric solutions, while the second example is constructed for any generic initial data {(u_0,d_0)} that has sufficiently small energy, and {d_0} has a nontrivial topology.

  4. Critical-noise measurement near Fréedericksz transitions in nematic liquid crytals

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    Galatola, P.; Rajteri, M.

    1994-01-01

    We present a dynamic light-scattering experiment on a planarly oriented nematic liquid crystal in the presence of a symmetry-breaking electric field applied normally to the cell planes. This experiment gives direct evidence for the critical behavior of the lowest splay fluctuation mode. A detailed theoretical analysis of the dynamics of the mode is worked out and compared with the experimental results.

  5. Optical nonlinearity due to thermomechanical effect in the planar and homeotropic nematic liquid crystals

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    Poursamad, J. B.; Phirouznia, A.; Sahrai, M.

    2015-11-01

    Possibility of observing third thermomechanical (TM) effect in uniform nematic liquid crystals (NLC) with proper selection of boundary conditions on the cell walls is theoretically studied. Absorption of a light wave induces the needed temperature gradient for the TM effect. The molecular director reorientation due to third TM effect and the induced phase shift on the probe beam are calculated. The forth TM coefficient can be measured directly by the method proposed in this work.

  6. Nematic order-disorder state transition in a liquid crystal analogue formed by oriented and migrating amoeboid cells

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    Kemkemer, R.; Teichgräber, V.; Schrank-Kaufmann, S.; Kaufmann, D.; Gruler, H.

    2000-10-01

    In cell culture, liquid crystal analogues are formed by elongated, migrating, and interacting amoeboid cells. An apolar nematic liquid crystal analogue is formed by different cell types like human melanocytes (=pigment cells of the skin), human fibroblasts (=connective tissue cells), human osteoblasts (=bone cells), human adipocytes (=fat cells), etc. The nematic analogue is quite well described by i) a stochastic machine equation responsible for cell orientation and ii) a self-organized extracellular guiding signal, E_2, which is proportional to the orientational order parameter as well as to the cell density. The investigations were mainly made with melanocytes. The transition to an isotropic state analogue can be accomplished either by changing the strength of interaction (e.g. variation of the cell density) or by influencing the cellular machinery by an externally applied signal: i) An isotropic gaseous state analogue is observed at low cell density (ρ < 110melanocytes/mm^2) and a nematic liquid crystal state analogue at higher cell density. ii) The nematic state analogue disappears if the bipolar shaped melanocytes are forced to become a star-like shape (induced by colchicine or staurosporine). The analogy between nematic liquid crystal state analogue formed by elongated, migrating and interacting cells and the nematic liquid crystal phase formed by interacting elongated molecules is discussed.

  7. Topological binding and elastic interactions of microspheres and fibres in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Nikkhou, M; Škarabot, M; Muševič, I

    2015-03-01

    We present a detailed analysis of topological binding and elastic interactions between a long, and micrometer-diameter fiber, and a microsphere in a homogeneously aligned nematic liquid crystal. Both objects are surface treated to produce strong perpendicular anchoring of the nematic liquid crystal. We use the opto-thermal micro-quench of the laser tweezers to produce topological defects with prescribed topological charge, such as pairs of a Saturn ring and an anti-ring, hyperbolic and radial hedgehogs on a fiber, as well as zero-charge loops. We study the entanglement and topological charge interaction between the topological defects of the fiber and sphere and we observe a huge variety of different entanglement topologies and defect-mediated elastic bindings. We explain all observed phenomena with simple topological rule: like topological charges repel each other and opposite topological charges attract. These binding mechanisms not only demonstrate the fascinating topology of nematic colloids, but also open a novel route to the assembly of very complex topological networks of fibers, spheres and other objects for applications in liquid crystal photonics.

  8. An immersed boundary method for fluid-structure interactions in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Spagnolie, Saverio

    2015-11-01

    The nematic phase of a liquid crystal is characterized by a spontaneous local molecular alignment leading to an anisotropic (direction-dependent) response to deformations. A body moving through such a phase can induce complex viscous and elastic structures in the flow, and the fluid's anisotropic response can generate surprising forces on the immersed body. Bacteria swimming in a liquid crystal, for instance, have been observed to align with the orientation of the underlying director field. The complexity of such problems generally makes mathematical analysis intractable, and the computation of solutions can still be very challenging. In this talk an immersed boundary method for computing fluid-structure interactions in a nematic liquid crystal will be discussed. The Ericksen-Leslie equations, or a more general Landau-de Gennes model, are solved on a fixed, regular grid. Immersed boundaries communicate forces onto the fluid as in Peskin's original method, but now also torques on the nematic director field through molecular anchoring boundary conditions. Sample applications will also be discussed, including the locomotion of undulatory bodies in anisotropic fluids.

  9. Topological binding and elastic interactions of microspheres and fibres in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Nikkhou, M; Škarabot, M; Muševič, I

    2015-03-01

    We present a detailed analysis of topological binding and elastic interactions between a long, and micrometer-diameter fiber, and a microsphere in a homogeneously aligned nematic liquid crystal. Both objects are surface treated to produce strong perpendicular anchoring of the nematic liquid crystal. We use the opto-thermal micro-quench of the laser tweezers to produce topological defects with prescribed topological charge, such as pairs of a Saturn ring and an anti-ring, hyperbolic and radial hedgehogs on a fiber, as well as zero-charge loops. We study the entanglement and topological charge interaction between the topological defects of the fiber and sphere and we observe a huge variety of different entanglement topologies and defect-mediated elastic bindings. We explain all observed phenomena with simple topological rule: like topological charges repel each other and opposite topological charges attract. These binding mechanisms not only demonstrate the fascinating topology of nematic colloids, but also open a novel route to the assembly of very complex topological networks of fibers, spheres and other objects for applications in liquid crystal photonics. PMID:25813607

  10. Optical analysis of spatially periodic patterns in nematic liquid crystals: diffraction and shadowgraphy.

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    Pesch, Werner; Krekhov, Alexei

    2013-05-01

    Optical methods are most convenient for analyzing spatially periodic patterns with wave vector q in a thin layer of a nematic liquid crystal. In the standard experimental setup a beam of parallel light with a "short" wavelength λ<2π/q passes the nematic layer. Recording the transmitted light the patterns are either directly visualized by shadowgraphy or characterized more indirectly by the diffraction fringes due to the optical-grating effects of the pattern. In this work we present a systematic short-wavelength analysis of these methods for the commonly used planar orientation of the optical axis of liquid crystal at the confining surfaces. Our approach covers general three-dimensional experimental geometries with respect to the relative orientation of q and of the wave vector k of the incident light. In particular, we emphasize the importance of phase-grating effects, which are not accessible in a pure geometric optics approach. Finally, as a by-product we present also an optical analysis of convection rolls in Rayleigh-Bénard convection, where the refraction index of the fluid is isotropic in contrast to its uniaxial symmetry in nematic liquid crystals. Our analysis is in excellent agreement with an earlier physical optics approach by Trainoff and Cannell [Phys. Fluids 14, 1340 (2002)], which is restricted to a two-dimensional geometry and technically much more demanding. PMID:23767557

  11. Unconventional non-Fermi liquid state caused by nematic criticality in cuprates

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    Wang, Jing-Rong; Liu, Guo-Zhu; Zhang, Chang-Jin

    2016-07-01

    At the nematic quantum critical point that exists in the {d}{x2-{y}2}-wave superconducting dome of cuprates, the massless nodal fermions interact strongly with the quantum critical fluctuation of nematic order. We study this problem by means of the renormalization group approach and show that, the fermion damping rate | {Im}{{{Σ }}}R(ω )| vanishes more rapidly than the energy ω and the quasiparticle residue {Z}f\\to 0 in the limit ω \\to 0. The nodal fermions thus constitute an unconventional non-Fermi liquid that represents an even weaker violation of Fermi liquid theory than a marginal Fermi liquid. We also investigate the interplay of quantum nematic critical fluctuation and gauge-potential-like disorder, and find that the effective disorder strength flows to the strong coupling regime at low energies. Therefore, even an arbitrarily weak disorder can drive the system to become a disorder controlled diffusive state. Based on these theoretical results, we are able to understand a number of interesting experimental facts observed in curpate superconductors.

  12. Hard Spherocylinders of Two Different Lengths as a Model System of a Nematic Liquid Crystal on an Anisotropic Substrate

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    Koda, Tomonori; Hyodo, Yosuke; Momoi, Yuichi; Kwak, Musun; Kang, Dongwoo; Choi, Youngseok; Nishioka, Akihiro; Haba, Osamu; Yonetake, Koichiro

    2016-02-01

    In this article, we describe the effects of an anisotropic substrate on the alignment of a nematic liquid crystal. We examine how the substrate affects the alignment of a nematic liquid crystal by Monte Carlo simulation. The liquid crystal on a substrate was described by the phase separation of liquid crystal molecules and substrate molecules, both of which were modeled by hard particles. We used hard rods to represent both the liquid crystal and the substrate. The length of the hard rods representing the substrate was adjusted to represent the degree of substrate anisotropy. The results show that the nematic alignment could either be reinforced or weakened, depending on the length of the substrate rods. Mean field theory is used to analyze the simulation results. We confirmed that the distance over which the substrate affects the bulk liquid crystal is about 3 nm for the present hard-rod-based model.

  13. Dynamic Light Scattering Study of Nematic and Smectic-{ital A} Liquid Crystal Ordering in Silica Aerogel

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    Bellini, T.; Clark, N.A.; Schaefer, D.W. ||

    1995-04-03

    The dynamical behavior of nematic and smectic-{ital A} ordering of a liquid crystal in an aerogel host is studied by quasielastic light scattering. In the nematic phase, ordered domains are comparable to the pore size and generally frozen in orientation, with remnant orientation fluctuations having paranematic dynamics for a domain size distribution appropriate to the aerogel, and the coupling between domains giving rise to an additional slow glasslike relaxation. At lower temperatures a drastic slowing down, connected with a local nematic--to--smectic-{ital A} transformation, is observed.

  14. Molecular model of biaxial ordering in nematic liquid crystals composed of flat molecules with four mesogenic groups

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    Gorkunov, M. V.; Osipov, M. A.; Kocot, A.; Vij, J. K.

    2010-06-01

    Relative stability of uniaxial and biaxial nematic phases is analyzed in a model nematic liquid crystal composed of flat molecules of C2h symmetry with four mesogenic groups rigidly linked to the same center. The generalized effective quadrupole mean-field potential is proposed and its constants are evaluated numerically for the pair intermolecular potential based on Gay-Berne interaction between mesogenic groups. The dependencies of the constants on molecular shape parameters are systematically analyzed. Order parameters of the uniaxial and biaxial nematic phases are evaluated by direct minimization of the free energy at different temperatures. The corresponding phase diagrams are obtained enabling one to study the effects of molecular model parameters on the stability regions of uniaxial and biaxial phases. The results are used to clarify the nature of experimentally observed biaxial ordering in nematic liquid crystals composed of tetrapode molecules with the same symmetry.

  15. Fatty-acid monolayers at the nematic/water interface: phases and liquid-crystal alignment.

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    Price, Andrew D; Schwartz, Daniel K

    2007-02-01

    The two-dimensional (2D) phases of fatty-acid monolayers (hexadecanoic, octadecanoic, eicosanoic, and docosanoic acids) have been studied at the interface of a nematic liquid crystal (LC) and water. When observed between crossed polarizers, the LC responds to monolayer structure owing to mesoscopic alignment of the LC by the adsorbed molecules. Similar to Langmuir monolayers at the air/water interface, the adsorbed monolayer at the nematic/water interface displays distinct thermodynamic phases. Observed are a 2D gas, isotropic liquid, and two condensed mesophases, each with a characteristic anchoring of the LC zenithal tilt and azimuth. By varying the monolayer temperature and surface concentration we observe reversible first-order phase transitions from vapor to liquid and from liquid to condensed. A temperature-dependent transition between two condensed phases appears to be a reversible swiveling transition in the tilt azimuth of the monolayer. Similar to monolayers at the air/water interface, the temperature of the gas/liquid/condensed triple-point temperature increased by about 10 degrees C for a two methylene group increase in chain length. However, the absolute value of the triple-point temperatures are depressed by about 40 degrees C compared to those of analogous monolayers at the air/water interface. We also observe a direct influence by the LC layer on the mesoscopic and macroscopic structure of the monolayer by analyzing the shapes and internal textures of gas domains in coexistence with a 2D liquid. An effective anisotropic line tension arises from elastic forces owing to deformation of the nematic director across phase boundaries. This results in the deformation of the domain from circular to elongated, with a distinct singularity. The LC elastic energy also gives rise to transition zones displaying mesoscopic realignment of the director tilt or azimuth between adjacent regions with a sudden change in anchoring.

  16. Localised polymer networks in chiral nematic liquid crystals for high speed photonic switching

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    Tartan, Chloe C.; Salter, Patrick S.; Booth, Martin J.; Morris, Stephen M.; Elston, Steve J.

    2016-05-01

    Self-assembled periodic structures based upon chiral liquid crystalline materials have significant potential in the field of photonics ranging from fast-switching optoelectronic devices to low-threshold lasers. The flexoelectro-optic effect, which is observed in chiral nematic liquid crystals (LCs) when an electric field is applied perpendicular to the helical axis, has significant potential as it exhibits analogue switching in 10-100 μs. However, the major technological barrier that prohibits the commercial realisation of this electro-optic effect is the requirement of a uniform, in-plane alignment of the helix axis between glass substrates. Here, it is shown that periodic polymer structures engineered in the nematic phase of a chiral nematic LC device using direct laser writing can result in the spontaneous formation of the necessary uniform lying helix (ULH) state. Specifically, two-photon polymerization is used in conjunction with a spatial light modulator so as to correct for aberrations introduced by the bounding glass substrates enabling the polymer structures to be fabricated directly into the device. The ULH state appears to be stable in the absence of an externally applied electric field, and the optimum contrast between the bright and dark states is obtained using polymer structures that have periodicities of the order of the device thickness.

  17. Detecting, visualizing, and measuring gold nanoparticle chirality using helical pitch measurements in nematic liquid crystal phases.

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    Sharma, Anshul; Mori, Taizo; Lee, Huey-Charn; Worden, Matthew; Bidwell, Eric; Hegmann, Torsten

    2014-12-23

    Chirality at the nanoscale, or more precisely, the chirality or chiroptical effects of chiral ligand-capped metal nanoparticles (NPs) is an intriguing and rapidly evolving field in nanomaterial research with promising applications in catalysis, metamaterials, and chiral sensing. The aim of this work was to seek out a system that not only allows the detection and understanding of NP chirality but also permits visualization of the extent of chirality transfer to a surrounding medium. The nematic liquid crystal phase is an ideal candidate, displaying characteristic defect texture changes upon doping with chiral additives. To test this, we synthesized chiral cholesterol-capped gold NPs and prepared well-dispersed mixtures in two nematic liquid crystal hosts. Induced circular dichroism spectropolarimetry and polarized light optical microscopy revealed that all three gold NPs induce chiral nematic phases, and that those synthesized in the presence of a chiral bias (disulfide) are more powerful chiral inducers than those where the NP was formed in the absence of a chiral bias (prepared by conjugation of a chiral silane to preformed NPs). Helical pitch data here visually show a clear dependence on the NP size and the number of chiral ligands bound to the NP surface, thereby supporting earlier experimental and theoretical data that smaller metal NPs made in the presence of a chiral bias are stronger chiral inducers.

  18. Confined nematic liquid crystal between two spherical boundaries with planar anchoring

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    Seyednejad, Seyed Reza; Mozaffari, Mohammad Reza; Ejtehadi, Mohammad Reza

    2013-07-01

    Nematic shells of liquid crystals have been provided in microscales. Defect structures in the shells are very essential in the electro-optical applications of such colloidal objects. We have numerically minimized the free energy of symmetric and asymmetric spherical shells of the nematic liquid crystal. Considering degenerate planar anchoring on the surfaces and isotropic nematic elasticity, a variety of defect structures are observed by controlling or varying the thicknesses of the shell and its degree of asymmetry. In symmetric shells, our calculations show that boojums (bipolar) defects appear in thick shells and tetrahedral (baseball) defects in thin shells. In asymmetric shells, while we are in the bipolar regime, the boojums defects transform to trigonal configurations. Free energy landscape shows that in this regime the inner droplet is not stable in the center and it is trapped in an off-center minimum energy position. For the case of thin shells, there are two degenerate director textures with similar tetrahedral configuration of the disclination lines. The levels are split in asymmetric shells. The stability of the inner droplet in the center position depends on director texture. It is stable for one texture and unstable for the other one. For an unstable pattern there is no minimum energy position for the inner droplet and it moves until it touches the outer boundary.

  19. Confined nematic liquid crystal between two spherical boundaries with planar anchoring.

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    Seyednejad, Seyed Reza; Mozaffari, Mohammad Reza; Ejtehadi, Mohammad Reza

    2013-07-01

    Nematic shells of liquid crystals have been provided in microscales. Defect structures in the shells are very essential in the electro-optical applications of such colloidal objects. We have numerically minimized the free energy of symmetric and asymmetric spherical shells of the nematic liquid crystal. Considering degenerate planar anchoring on the surfaces and isotropic nematic elasticity, a variety of defect structures are observed by controlling or varying the thicknesses of the shell and its degree of asymmetry. In symmetric shells, our calculations show that boojums (bipolar) defects appear in thick shells and tetrahedral (baseball) defects in thin shells. In asymmetric shells, while we are in the bipolar regime, the boojums defects transform to trigonal configurations. Free energy landscape shows that in this regime the inner droplet is not stable in the center and it is trapped in an off-center minimum energy position. For the case of thin shells, there are two degenerate director textures with similar tetrahedral configuration of the disclination lines. The levels are split in asymmetric shells. The stability of the inner droplet in the center position depends on director texture. It is stable for one texture and unstable for the other one. For an unstable pattern there is no minimum energy position for the inner droplet and it moves until it touches the outer boundary. PMID:23944475

  20. Confined nematic liquid crystal between two spherical boundaries with planar anchoring.

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    Seyednejad, Seyed Reza; Mozaffari, Mohammad Reza; Ejtehadi, Mohammad Reza

    2013-07-01

    Nematic shells of liquid crystals have been provided in microscales. Defect structures in the shells are very essential in the electro-optical applications of such colloidal objects. We have numerically minimized the free energy of symmetric and asymmetric spherical shells of the nematic liquid crystal. Considering degenerate planar anchoring on the surfaces and isotropic nematic elasticity, a variety of defect structures are observed by controlling or varying the thicknesses of the shell and its degree of asymmetry. In symmetric shells, our calculations show that boojums (bipolar) defects appear in thick shells and tetrahedral (baseball) defects in thin shells. In asymmetric shells, while we are in the bipolar regime, the boojums defects transform to trigonal configurations. Free energy landscape shows that in this regime the inner droplet is not stable in the center and it is trapped in an off-center minimum energy position. For the case of thin shells, there are two degenerate director textures with similar tetrahedral configuration of the disclination lines. The levels are split in asymmetric shells. The stability of the inner droplet in the center position depends on director texture. It is stable for one texture and unstable for the other one. For an unstable pattern there is no minimum energy position for the inner droplet and it moves until it touches the outer boundary.

  1. Generalized nematohydrodynamic boundary conditions with application to bistable twisted nematic liquid-crystal displays.

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    Fang, Angbo; Qian, Tiezheng; Sheng, Ping

    2008-12-01

    Parallel to the highly successful Ericksen-Leslie hydrodynamic theory for the bulk behavior of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs), we derive a set of coupled hydrodynamic boundary conditions to describe the NLC dynamics near NLC-solid interfaces. In our boundary conditions, translational flux (flow slippage) and rotational flux (surface director relaxation) are coupled according to the Onsager variational principle of least energy dissipation. The application of our boundary conditions to the truly bistable pi -twist NLC cell reveals a complete picture of the dynamic switching processes. It is found that the thus far overlooked translation-rotation dissipative coupling at solid surfaces can accelerate surface director relaxation and enhance the flow rate. This can be utilized to improve the performance of electro-optical nematic devices by lowering the required switching voltages and reducing the switching times.

  2. Flexoelectric polarization changes induced by light in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Hermann, D. S.; Rudquist, P.; Ichimura, K.; Kudo, K.; Komitov, L.; Lagerwall, S. T.

    1997-03-01

    In a nematic liquid crystal where the director field has a splay-bend deformation mediated by the boundary conditions there is a certain intrinsic polarization density distribution characteristic of the flexoelectric properties of the medium. By application of an electric field perpendicular to the director, a twist is induced which is a measure of the flexoelectric anisotropy [I. Dozov, Ph. Martinot-Lagarde, and G. Durand, J. Phys. (Paris) Lett. 43, L-365 (1982)]. We show that in molecules susceptible to a photoinduced configurational change we may change the volume polarization by UV illumination and relate the change in flexoelectric coefficients to the configurational change in the molecule. In the experiment we use the British Drug House (Merck) nematic mixture E7 doped with 5 wt % of the dye 4-hexyloxy-(4'-hexyl)azobenzene. The photoinduced trans-cis configurational change leads to an increase by 40% in the flexoelectric anisotropy (es-eb)/K.

  3. Propagation of optical spatial solitary waves in bias-free nematic-liquid-crystal cells

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    Minzoni, Antonmaria A.; Sciberras, Luke W.; Worthy, Annette L.; Smyth, Noel F.

    2011-10-15

    The propagation of a bulk optical solitary wave in a rectangular cell filled with a nematic liquid crystal--a nematicon--is mathematically modelled. In order to overcome the Freedricksz threshold the cell walls are rubbed to pretilt the nematic. A modulation theory, based on a Lagrangian formulation, is developed for the (2+1)-dimensional propagation of the solitary wave beam down the cell. This modulation theory is based on two different formulations of the director distribution. The relative advantages and disadvantages of these two methods are discussed. A previously unexplored method based on images is found to possess significant advantages. Excellent agreement with full numerical solutions of the nematicon equations is found for both methods. Finally, the implications of the results obtained for some widely used approximations to the nematicon equations are discussed, particularly their use in comparisons with experimental results.

  4. Optical properties of planar nematic liquid crystals samples which are parallel oriented by nanofibers

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    Yusuf, Yusril; Kusumasari, Ervanggis Minggar; Ula, Nur Mufidatul; Jahidah, Khannah; Triyana, Kuwat; Sosiati, Harini; Harsojo

    2016-04-01

    Optical properties of two nematic liquid crystals, i.e., 4-methoxybenzylidene-4-butylaniline (MBBA) and 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5 CB) which are parallel oriented by nanofibers has been successfully performed. Planar samples of liquid crystals were made using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofiber from electrospinning process. Electrospinning method was modified using copper (Cu) as gap collector. These planar samples area are 15 mm x 25 mm. Optical characteristic of these samples were studied by using optical polarizing microscope. The optical intensity changes by a rotationof crossed polarizers is observed. The sinusoidal intensity change was observedin these samples as such as in the planar sample prepared by the rubbing method.

  5. Flow-driven transition and associated velocity profiles in a nematic liquid-crystal cell.

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    Jewell, S A; Cornford, S L; Yang, F; Cann, P S; Sambles, J R

    2009-10-01

    The alignment properties and distribution of flow speed during Poiseuille flow through a microchannel of a nematic liquid crystal in a cell with homeotropic surface alignment has been measured using a combination of conoscopy, fluorescence confocal polarizing microscopy, and time-lapse imaging. Two topologically distinct director profiles, with associated fluid velocity fields, are found to exist with the preferred state dictated by the volumetric flow rate of the liquid crystal. The results show excellent agreement with model data produced using the Ericksen-Leslie nematodynamics theory. PMID:19905324

  6. Refraction of nonlinear beams by localized refractive index changes in nematic liquid crystals

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    Assanto, Gaetano; Minzoni, Antonmaria A.; Smyth, Noel F.; Worthy, Annette L.

    2010-11-15

    The propagation of solitary waves in nematic liquid crystals in the presence of localized nonuniformities is studied. These nonuniformities can be caused by external electric fields, other light beams, or any other mechanism which results in a modified director orientation in a localized region of the liquid-crystal cell. The net effect is that the solitary wave undergoes refraction and trajectory bending. A general modulation theory for this refraction is developed, and particular cases of circular, elliptical, and rectangular perturbations are considered. The results are found to be in excellent agreement with numerical solutions.

  7. Effect of anchoring energy and elastic anisotropy on spherical inclusions in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    James, Richard; Fukuda, Jun-ichi

    2013-07-01

    This paper explores how pairs of spherical particles with homeotropic (normal) surface anchoring cluster when immersed in nematic liquid crystal. By means of the Landau-de Gennes continuum theory we calculate how the equilibrium separation of a particle pair depends on the anchoring energy at the particle surface and the elastic anisotropy of the liquid crystal. We find that, for modest to strong anchoring strengths, the particle separation depends linearly on the elastic anisotropy and the inverse of the anchoring strength. Thus, the anchoring strength can be estimated by measuring the particle-pair separation.

  8. Nematic quantum phase transition of composite Fermi liquids in half-filled Landau levels and their geometric response

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    You, Yizhi; Cho, Gil Young; Fradkin, Eduardo

    We present a theory of isotropic-nematic quantum phase transition in the composite Fermi liquid arising in the half-filled Landau levels. We show that the quantum phase transition is triggered by the attractive quadrupolar interaction. By performing flux attachment, system turns into a composite Fermi liquid. The nematic order parameters act as the dynamical metric interplaying with the underlying topology, the Chern-Simons theory. Here both the fluctuations of the gauge field and the nematic order parameter can soften the Fermi surface and thus the fermions form a non-Fermi liquid. The effective field theory for the isotropic-nematic phase transition has z = 3 dynamical exponent due to the Landau damping due to the finite density of the fermions. We show that there is a Berry phase term of the nematic order parameter, which can be interpreted as the ``Hall viscosity'' of the dynamical metric. We also find the Wen-Zee-like term, which effectively dresses the nematic vortex with the electric charge. Both of the terms are originated from the time reversal breaking fluctuation of the Chern-Simons gauge fields. This indicates the fluctuations of the gauge fields modify the Hall viscosity and orbital spin of the compressible half-filled Landau level.

  9. Dielectrophoretic and electrophoretic force analysis of colloidal fullerenes in a nematic liquid-crystal medium.

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    Srivastava, Anoop Kumar; Kim, Miyoung; Kim, Sung Min; Kim, Mi-Kyung; Lee, Kyu; Lee, Young Hee; Lee, Myong-Hoon; Lee, Seung Hee

    2009-11-01

    This research focuses on the electrokinetic motion of fullerenes suspended in liquid crystal host medium, which are investigated in the homogeneously aligned nematic liquid crystal cells driven by in-plane field. We investigated the effect of electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic forces and related parameters of the colloidal fullerenes in liquid crystals. The electrophoretic mobility, zeta potential, and critical voltage have been evaluated. Fullerenes suspended in liquid crystal medium migrated toward the positive electrode, but were pulled back in the opposite direction when the polarity was reversed especially at low frequency range (<5 Hz) . At higher electric field and higher frequency ranges, the net displacement of fullerenes has been observed. We demonstrate that the dielectrophoretic force dominated the motion in the colloidal fullerenes by a proper analysis of different electrophoretic parameters. In addition, the electrodynamics of fullerenes was explained by applying the theory of the dielectrophoresis and Schwarz's formula. We propose a model to estimate the density of fullerenes suspended in liquid crystal medium.

  10. Plasmon electro-optic effect in a subwavelength metallic nanograting with a nematic liquid crystal

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    Palto, S. P.; Barnik, M. I.; Kasyanova, I. V.; Geivandov, A. R.; Shtykov, N. M.; Artemov, V. V.; Gorkunov, M. V.

    2016-01-01

    The electro-optic effect in hybrid structures based on subwavelength metallic nanogratings in contact with a layer of a nematic liquid crystal has been experimentally studied. Metallic gratings are fabricated in the form of interdigitated electrodes, which makes it possible to use them not only as optical elements but also for the production of an electric field in a thin surface region of the layer of the liquid crystal. It has been shown that, owing to the electric-field-induced reorientation of molecules of the liquid crystal near the surface of the grating, it is possible to significantly control the spectral features of the transmission of light, which are caused by the excitation of surface plasmons. The electro-optic effect is superfast for liquid crystal devices because a change in the optical properties of the system requires the reorientation of molecules only in a very thin surface layer of the liquid crystal.

  11. Critical points and symmetries of a free energy function for biaxial nematic liquid crystals

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    Chillingworth, D. R. J.

    2015-05-01

    We describe a general mean field model for the free energy function for a homogeneous medium of mutually interacting molecules, based on the formalism for a biaxial nematic liquid crystal set out by Katriel et al (1986) in an influential paper in Liquid Crystals 1 and subsequently called the KKLS formalism. The free energy is expressed as the sum of an entropy term and an interaction (Hamiltonian) term. Using the language of group representation theory we identify the order parameters as averaged components of a linear transformation, and characterize the full symmetry group of the entropy term in the liquid crystal context as a wreath product SO(3) ≀ Z2. The symmetry-breaking role of the Hamiltonian, pointed out by Katriel et al, is here made explicit in terms of centre manifold reduction at bifurcation from isotropy. We use tools and methods of equivariant singularity theory to reduce the bifurcation study to that of a D3-invariant function on R2, ubiquitous in liquid crystal theory, and to describe the ‘universal’ bifurcation geometry in terms of the superposition of a familiar swallowtail surface controlling uniaxial equilibria and another less familiar surface controlling biaxial equilibria. In principle this provides a template for all nematic liquid crystal phase transitions close to isotropy, although further work is needed to identify the absolute minima that are the critical points representing stable phases.

  12. Electronic control system exploiting both the dual-frequency effect and the transient nematic effect for a fast 127-element nematic liquid crystal spatial light modulator

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    McDermott, Scot W.; Rogers, Samuel C.; Gonglewski, John D.; Browne, Stephen L.

    1998-09-01

    Nematic liquid crystals have been sued as phase retarders in adaptive optics system for more than 10 years. Liquid crystal spatial light modulators (SLMs) can be very useful both as controlled disturbances for characterizing adaptive optics systems, and as wavefront correctors. Of the available options, SLMs have the advantages of low cost, reliability, compactness, low power, ease of controllability, optical transmissivity, and simple aperture scalability. Moreover, these devices are very non-linear and normally have quite different response times in the increasing versus the decreasing phase direction. The current limitation for using these devices in atmospheric adaptive systems is their relatively slow response times, not only for small phase steps in the excitation direction, but for all steps in the relaxation direction. The response time in both directions can be significantly improved by exploiting two important properties of certain nematic liquid crystals: the Dual-Frequency Effect and the Transient Nematic Effect. This paper presents the details of custom- built electronic hardware that takes advantage of these two effects to implement (lambda) /10 phase accuracy with millisecond settling time for both increasing and decreasing phase shifts.

  13. Electrical addressing of polymer stabilized hyper-twisted chiral nematic liquid crystals with interdigitated electrodes: Experiment and model

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    Lorenz, A.; Gardiner, D. J.; Morris, S. M.; Castles, F.; Qasim, M. M.; Choi, S. S.; Kim, W.-S.; Coles, H. J.; Wilkinson, T. D.

    2014-02-01

    Electro-optic switching in short-pitch polymer stabilized chiral nematic liquid crystals was studied and the relative contributions of flexoelectric and dielectric coupling were investigated: polymer stabilization was found to effectively suppress unwanted textural transitions of the chiral nematic liquid crystal and thereby enhance the electro-optical performance (high optical contrast for visible light, a near ideal optical hysteresis, fast electro-optic response). Test cells were studied that possessed interdigitated electrodes to electrically address the liquid crystal. Based on simulations, a well-fitted phenomenological description of the electro-optic response was derived considering both flexoelectro-optic and Kerr-effect based electro-optic response.

  14. Elastic interactions and manipulation of wire-shaped inclusions in nematic liquid crystals

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    Lapointe, Clayton P.

    Anisotropic particles suspended in a nematic liquid crystal disturb the alignment of the liquid crystal molecules and experience small forces and torques mediated by the elasticity of the fluid. These elastic interactions depend upon the orientation of the particle relative to the alignment of the liquid crystal as well as the nature of the molecular-scale alignment at the surface of the particle. In this thesis, I present the results of video microscopy studies on elastic interactions on ferromagnetic nanowires suspended in the nematic liquid crystal 4-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB). In the first part, I describe measurements that characterize the orientation-dependent elastic torque on a nanowire with longitudinal anchoring in uniformly aligned 5CB, its temperature dependence, as well as the elastic repulsion of a nanowire from a flat wall. These measurements were found to be quantitatively consistent with theoretical predictions based on the elastic properties of 5CB. In the second part of this thesis, I demonstrate that distorting the liquid crystal from a state of uniform alignment results in converting the elastic torque on a nanowire into an orientation-dependant translational force that can be utilized to reversibly manipulate the positions of isolated nanowires as well as to assemble suspensions of them into pre-designed arrays on a substrate. First, I describe measurements of an orientation-dependent levitating force on a nanowire in a twisted nematic cell. This force can be used to position nanowires to pre-determined heights above the bottom substrate by controlling their orientation with an external magnetic field. I then describe a series of experiments in which in a liquid crystal cell with a pattern of micron-scale stripe domains was used to drive nanowires held at a fixed orientation with external magnetic fields selectively into the middle of the stripe domains. In the last part of this thesis, I discuss video microscopy experiments to probe the

  15. Symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals: analogy with cosmology and magnetism.

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    Repnik, R; Ranjkesh, A; Simonka, V; Ambrozic, M; Bradac, Z; Kralj, S

    2013-10-01

    Universal behavior related to continuous symmetry breaking in nematic liquid crystals is studied using Brownian molecular dynamics. A three-dimensional lattice system of rod-like objects interacting via the Lebwohl-Lasher interaction is considered. We test the applicability of predictions originally derived in cosmology and magnetism. In the first part we focus on coarsening dynamics following the temperature driven isotropic-nematic phase transition for different quench rates. The behavior in the early coarsening regime supports predictions made originally by Kibble in cosmology. For fast enough quenches, symmetry breaking and causality give rise to a dense tangle of defects. When the degree of orientational ordering is large enough, well defined protodomains characterized by a single average domain length are formed. With time subcritical domains gradually vanish and supercritical domains grow with time, exhibiting a universal scaling law. In the second part of the paper we study the impact of random-field-type disorder on a range of ordering in the (symmetry broken) nematic phase. We demonstrate that short-range order is observed even for a minute concentration of impurities, giving rise to disorder in line with the Imry-Ma theorem prediction only for the appropriate history of systems.

  16. Lattice Statistical Models for the Nematic Transitions in Liquid-Crystalline Systems

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    Nascimento, E. S.; Vieira, A. P.; Salinas, S. R.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the connections between some simple Maier-Saupe lattice models, with a discrete choice of orientations of the microscopic directors, and a recent proposal of a two-tensor formalism to describe the phase diagrams of nematic liquid-crystalline systems. This two-tensor proposal is used to formulate the statistical problem in terms of fully connected lattice Hamiltonians, with the local nematic directors restricted to the Cartesian axes. Depending on the choice of interaction parameters, we regain all of the main features of the original mean-field two-tensor calculations. With a standard choice of parameters, we obtain the well-known sequence of isotropic, uniaxial, and biaxial nematic structures, with a Landau multicritical point. With another suitably chosen set of parameters, we obtain two tricritical points, according to some recent predictions of the two-tensor calculations. The simple statistical lattice models are quite easy to work with, for all values of parameters, and the present calculations can be carried out beyond the mean-field level.

  17. Molecular dynamics of a binary mixture of twist-bend nematic liquid crystal dimers studied by dielectric spectroscopy

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    Robles-Hernández, Beatriz; Sebastián, Nerea; Salud, Josep; Diez-Berart, Sergio; Dunmur, David A.; Luckhurst, Geoffrey R.; López, David O.; de la Fuente, M. Rosario

    2016-06-01

    We report a comprehensive dielectric characterization of a liquid crystalline binary mixture composed of the symmetric mesogenic dimer CB7CB and the nonsymmetric mesogenic dimer FFO9OCB. In addition to the high-temperature nematic phase, such a binary mixture shows a twist-bend nematic phase at room temperature which readily vitrifies on slow cooling. Changes in the conformational distribution of the dimers are reflected in the dielectric permittivity and successfully analyzed by means of an appropriate theoretical model. It is shown that the dielectric spectra of the mixture reflect the different molecular dipole properties of the components, resembling in the present case the characteristic dielectric spectra of nonsymmetric dimers. Comparison of the nematic and twist-bend nematic phases reveals that molecular dynamics are similar despite the difference in the molecular environment.

  18. Effects of Polymers on the Rotational Viscosities of Nematic Liquid Crystals and Dynamics of Field Alignment.

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    Kim, Du-Rim

    Many of the important physical phenomena exhibited by the nematic phase, such as its unusual flow properties and its responses to the electric and the magnetic fields, can be discussed regarding it as a continuous medium. The Leslie-Erickson dynamic theory has the six dissipative coefficients from continuum model of liquid crystal. Parodi showed that only five of them are independent, when Onsagar's reciprocal relations are used. One of these, which has no counterpart in the isotropic liquids, is the rotational viscosity coefficient, gamma_1. The main objective of this project is to study the rotational viscosities of selected micellar nematic systems and the effect of dissolved polymers in micellar and thermotropic liquid crystals. We used rotating magnetic field method which allows one to determine gamma _1 and the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility, chi_{a}. For the ionic surfactant liquid crystals of SDS and KL systems used in this study, the rotational viscosity exhibited an extraordinary drop after reaching the highest value gamma_1 as the temperature was lowered. This behavior is not observed in normal liquid crystals. But this phenomena can be attributed to the existence of nematic biaxial phase below the rod-like nematic N_{c} phase. The pretransitional increase in gamma _1 near the disk-like nematic to smectic -A phase transition of the pure CsPFO H_2O systems are better understood with the help of mean-field models of W. L. McMillan. He predicted a critical exponent nu = -{1over 2} for the divergence of gamma_1. The polymer (PEO, molecular weight = 10 ^5) dissolved in CsPFO H_2O system (which has 0.6% critical polymer concentration), suppressed the nematic to lamellar smectic phase transition in concentrated polymer solutions (0.75% and higher). In dilute polymer solutions with lower than 0.3% polyethylene-oxide, a linear increase of gamma_1 is observed, which agrees with Brochard theory. The polymer solutions in thermotropic liquid crystal solvents

  19. Improvement of decay time in nematic-liquid-crystal-loaded coplanar-waveguide-type microwave phase shifter by polymer stabilizing method

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    Nguyen, Thanh; Umeno, Shuhei; Higuchi, Hiroki; Kikuchi, Hirotsugu; Moritake, Hiroshi

    2014-01-01

    Polymer stabilization by UV light irradiation in nematic liquid crystals is proposed to improve the decay time of coplanar-waveguide-type microwave phase shifters. The effect of polymer concentration on the decay time of polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals is confirmed by a dielectric experiment on a liquid-crystal-sandwiched indium-tin-oxide (ITO) glass cell before loading into a coplanar-waveguide-type microwave phase shifter. The decay time, phase shift value, and insertion loss of microwave phase shifters with different polymer concentrations are measured. The decay time of polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals in the microwave phase shifter markedly decreases compared with that of pure nematic liquid crystals. It is confirmed that the use of polymer-stabilized nematic liquid crystals is effective to improve the response time of microwave phase shifters.

  20. Pulsed addressing of a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Mottram, N J; Brown, C V

    2006-09-01

    A continuum theory of dielectric relaxation within liquid crystal materials is described and used to model the response of dual frequency materials to single pulse voltage waveforms. The equations governing the anisotropic axis (director) angle, electric field, and induced polarizations are solved numerically to investigate pulsed addressing of a model zenithally bistable liquid crystal device. By suitably tailoring the voltage pulse, it is found to be possible to switch between both bistable states. For short pulses the high frequency components of the leading edge of the voltage pulse excites the perpendicular polarization and forces the director to lie parallel to the cell substrates. For longer voltage pulses the constant dc component of the voltage pulse excites the parallel polarization causing the director to lie perpendicular to the substrates. It is also found that reducing rotational viscosity and increasing the achievable dielectric anisotropies (particularly the high frequency value) can significantly reduce the operating voltages of such a device.

  1. Pulsed addressing of a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal

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    Mottram, N. J.; Brown, C. V.

    2006-09-01

    A continuum theory of dielectric relaxation within liquid crystal materials is described and used to model the response of dual frequency materials to single pulse voltage waveforms. The equations governing the anisotropic axis (director) angle, electric field, and induced polarizations are solved numerically to investigate pulsed addressing of a model zenithally bistable liquid crystal device. By suitably tailoring the voltage pulse, it is found to be possible to switch between both bistable states. For short pulses the high frequency components of the leading edge of the voltage pulse excites the perpendicular polarization and forces the director to lie parallel to the cell substrates. For longer voltage pulses the constant dc component of the voltage pulse excites the parallel polarization causing the director to lie perpendicular to the substrates. It is also found that reducing rotational viscosity and increasing the achievable dielectric anisotropies (particularly the high frequency value) can significantly reduce the operating voltages of such a device.

  2. Pulsed addressing of a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal.

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    Mottram, N J; Brown, C V

    2006-09-01

    A continuum theory of dielectric relaxation within liquid crystal materials is described and used to model the response of dual frequency materials to single pulse voltage waveforms. The equations governing the anisotropic axis (director) angle, electric field, and induced polarizations are solved numerically to investigate pulsed addressing of a model zenithally bistable liquid crystal device. By suitably tailoring the voltage pulse, it is found to be possible to switch between both bistable states. For short pulses the high frequency components of the leading edge of the voltage pulse excites the perpendicular polarization and forces the director to lie parallel to the cell substrates. For longer voltage pulses the constant dc component of the voltage pulse excites the parallel polarization causing the director to lie perpendicular to the substrates. It is also found that reducing rotational viscosity and increasing the achievable dielectric anisotropies (particularly the high frequency value) can significantly reduce the operating voltages of such a device. PMID:17025650

  3. Imaging in natural light with nematic liquid crystals (Presentation Recording)

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    Galstian, Tigran V.

    2015-10-01

    Nametic liquid crystals (NLC) are most commonly used liquid crystal (LC) materials in various light modulators [1], displays [2] and lenses [3]. However those materials have a fundamental limitation: they are polarization sensitive since the refractive index modulation here is achieved by the electric field induced reorientation of their local anisotropy axis. Thus, the standard imaging optical systems (used in consumer electronic products and dealing with natural light sources [4]) have to use double NLC structures in a cross oriented way and in rather requiring geometrical conditions. We describe a simple but very efficient optical device that allows the dynamic focusing of unpolarized light using a single NLC layer. The operation principle of the proposed device is based on the combination of an electrically variable "single layer lens" with two fixed optical elements for light reflection and 90° polarization flip. Such an approach is made possible thanks to the close integration of thin film wave plate and mirror. Preliminary experimental studies of the obtained electrically variable mirror show very promising results. Several standard camera geometries, using the double layer approach, and possible new geometries, using the reflective approach, will be described. References 1. Gordon D. Love, Wave-front correction and production of Zernike modes with a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator, Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 7, pp. 1517-1524 (1997). 2. P. Yeh and C. Gu, Optics of Liquid Crystal Displays, Wiley, 1999. 3. T. Galstian, Smart Mini-Cameras, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis group, 2013. 4. www.lensvector.com

  4. Bistability in dual-frequency nematic liquid crystals

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    Palto, S. P.; Barnik, M. I.

    2007-03-01

    Different modes of bistable switching in liquid crystals with frequency inversion of the dielectric anisotropy sign are discussed. The study is performed by numerical simulation and experimentally. It is shown that dual frequency driving can be effectively used to control switching between topologically equivalent and non-equivalent director field distributions. The experimental results on temperature performance of the dual-frequency switching and possible driving methods for energy consumption and expanding the temperature range are presented.

  5. Lensing effects in a nematic liquid crystal with topological defects.

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    Sátiro, C; Moraes, F

    2006-06-01

    Light traveling through a liquid crystal with disclinations perceives a geometrical background which causes lensing effects similar to the ones predicted for cosmic objects like global monopoles and cosmic strings. In this paper we explore the effective geometry as perceived by light in such media. The comparison between both systems suggests that experiments can be done in the laboratory to simulate optical properties, like gravitational lensing, of cosmic objects. PMID:16775663

  6. Determination of surface nematic liquid crystal anchoring strength using nano-scale surface grooves.

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    Choi, Yoonseuk; Yokoyama, Hiroshi; Gwag, Jin Seog

    2013-05-20

    Based on several nano-scale groove models, we propose a new technique to simultaneously determine the azimuthal and polar surface anchoring strengths of nematic liquid crystal (LC). The optical analysis of LCs on a grooved surface made by nanoimprinting lithography was performed on special alignment material, using a typical rubbing process. In our approach, using a polarizing microscope, we can determine the LC alignment exactly as it is in a parallel state, rather than a twisted state. This simple proposed method gives an accurate value of the surface LC anchoring of various surfaces, as well as simultaneously measuring the azimuthal and polar anchoring energy.

  7. Half-Integer Point Defects in the Q-Tensor Theory of Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Di Fratta, G.; Robbins, J. M.; Slastikov, V.; Zarnescu, A.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate prototypical profiles of point defects in two-dimensional liquid crystals within the framework of Landau-de Gennes theory. Using boundary conditions characteristic of defects of index k/2, we find a critical point of the Landau-de Gennes energy that is characterised by a system of ordinary differential equations. In the deep nematic regime, b^2 small, we prove that this critical point is the unique global minimiser of the Landau-de Gennes energy. For the case b^2=0, we investigate in greater detail the regime of vanishing elastic constant L → 0, where we obtain three explicit point defect profiles, including the global minimiser.

  8. Difference in Noise-Induced Threshold Shift between Planar and Homeotropic Electroconvections in Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Huh, Jong-Hoon; Kuribayashi, Akiyuki; Kai, Shoichi

    2009-08-01

    We report the threshold shift induced by externally applied noises for electrohydrodynamic convections (EHCs) in both planarly and homeotropically aligned nematic liquid crystals as well as in both the conduction and dielectric regimes. Owing to the difference in timescales among the intrinsic properties of EHCs, externally applied noises, and deterministic fields, the stabilization or destabilization effects induced by noises are observed. In particular, the difference in the threshold shift between both alignments is found, and discussed in terms of the EHC mechanisms for both alignments. Moreover, a noticeable noise-induced threshold shift is observed in the dielectric regime, which is markedly different from that in the conventional conduction regime.

  9. Electrohydrodynamic Pattern Formation in Nematic Liquid Crystals by External Pure Noise

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    Huh, Jong-Hoon

    2010-12-01

    Pure noise-induced electrohydrodynamic convections (EHCs) in nematic liquid crystals are presented in comparison with ac field-induced ones. There exists a characteristic cutoff frequency fc* of noise dividing EHC patterns qualitatively. Sufficiently colored noise with fc < fc* can induce a variety of well-ordered patterns such as Williams domains, fluctuating Williams domains, and grid patterns. The amplitude of the primary pattern (Williams domains) and its wavelength are investigated with varying intensity VN and/or cutoff frequency fc of noise. The present noise-induced EHCs are discussed on the basis of the conventional (ac-based) Carr-Helfrich mechanism.

  10. Sustained spatio-temporal chaotic flow at onset of electroconvection in nematic liquid crystals

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    Gleeson, J. T.

    1997-02-01

    In the presence of a strong magnetic field parallel to the applied electric field, electrohydrodynamic convection (EHC) in nematic liquid crystals is a pattern forming system with weakly broken rotational symmetry in the plane parallel to the magnetic field. In this system, the first instability observed is to a spatio-temporally chaotic state, in qualitative agreement with recent theoretical results. We report experimental results demonstrating sustained time dependence and spatial disorder immediately above the subcritical transition from the quiescent state in this system.

  11. Conoscopic analysis of electric field driven planar aligned nematic liquid crystal.

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    Ranjini, Radhakrishnan; Matham, Murukeshan Vadakke; Nguyen, Nam-Trung

    2014-05-01

    This paper illustrates the conoscopic observation of a molecular reconstruction occurring across a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) medium in the presence of an external electric field. Conoscopy is an optical interferometric method, employed to determine the orientation of an optic axis in uniaxial crystals. Here a planar aligned NLC medium is used, and the topological changes with respect to various applied voltages are monitored simultaneously. Homogenous planar alignment is obtained by providing suitable surface treatments to the ITO coated cell walls. The variation in the conoscopic interferometric patterns clearly demonstrates the transition from planar to homeotropic state through various intermediate states. PMID:24921859

  12. Molecular dynamics calculation of elastic constants in Gay-Berne nematic liquid crystals

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    Allen, Michael P.; Warren, Mark A.; Wilson, Mark R.; Sauron, Alain; Smith, William

    1996-08-01

    In this paper we present a molecular dynamics calculation of the Frank elastic constants of a nematic liquid crystal. We study two well-known variants of the Gay-Berne potential, and determine the elastic constants by measuring orientational fluctuations as a function of wave vector, using reasonably large system sizes in the range 1000-8000 molecules. For some of the simulations, a set of Lagrangian constraints was applied in order to keep the director fixed along one of the box axes, facilitating the measurement of fluctuations in components of the reciprocal-space order tensor Q̂(k) in the director frame.

  13. Convection in a nematic liquid crystal with homeotropic alignment and heated from below

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    Ahlers, G.

    1995-12-31

    Experimental results for convection in a thin horizontal layer of a homeotropically aligned nematic liquid crystal heated from below and in a vertical magnetic field are presented. A subcritical Hopf bifurcation leads to the convecting state. There is quantitative agreement between the measured and the predicted bifurcation line as a function of magnetic field. The nonlinear state near the bifurcation is one of spatio-temporal chaos which seems to be the result of a zig-zag instability of the straight-roll state.

  14. Optically activated shutter using a photo-tunable short-pitch chiral nematic liquid crystal

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    Morris, S. M.; Qasim, M. M.; Cheng, K. T.; Castles, F.; Ko, D.-H.; Gardiner, D. J.; Nosheen, S.; Wilkinson, T. D.; Coles, H. J.; Burgess, C.; Hill, L.

    2013-09-01

    We report the demonstration of an optically activated shutter based upon a short-pitch chiral nematic liquid crystal (LC) device sandwiched between crossed polarizers. This LC is comprised of photo-active chiral dopants. In the trans-state, the LC appears dark between crossed polarizers due to the very short pitch. As the pitch is extended through exposure to ultraviolet light, the device becomes transmissive reaching a maximum for a particular value of the pitch. As a result, it is possible to switch between the light and dark states by subjecting the device to visible light so as to cause a cis-trans photo-isomerisation.

  15. Mechanical actions on nanocylinders in nematic liquid crystals.

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    McKay, Geoff; Virga, Epifanio G

    2005-04-01

    We apply the Landau-de Gennes theory to study the equilibrium problem that arises when a cylinder of radius R is kept at a given distance h from a plane wall. We assume that both the lateral boundary of the cylinder and the wall enforce homeotropic anchoring conditions on the liquid crystal, which prescribe the liquid crystal molecules to stick orthogonally to the bounding surfaces. Typically, in our study R ranges from a few to hundreds of biaxial coherence lengths, where a biaxial coherence length, which depends on the temperature, is a few nanometers. The equilibrium textures exhibit a bifurcation between a flat solution, where one eigenvector of the order tensor Q is everywhere parallel to the cylinder's axis, and an escape solution, where the eigenframe of Q flips out of the plane orthogonal to the cylinder's axis. The escape texture minimizes an appropriately renormalized energy functional F(*) for h>h(c), while the flat texture minimizes F(*) for h< h(c). We compute both the force and the torque transmitted to the cylinder by the surrounding liquid crystal and we find that the diagrams of both as functions of h fail to be monotonic along the escape texture. Thus, upon decreasing h, a snapping instability is predicted to occur, with an associated hysteresis loop in the force diagram, before h reaches h(c). Finally, since the symmetry of this problem makes it equivalent to the one where two parallel cylinders are separated by the distance 2h , the snapping instability predicted here should also be observed there.

  16. Anchoring of a nematic liquid crystal at a polymer surface

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    Bagheri-Hamaneh, Mehdi; Taylor, Philip L.

    2003-03-01

    A commonly used technique to orient liquid crystal molecules in contact with a polymer is to rub the polymer surface with a soft cloth. This has the effect of both digging grooves and aligning polymeric chains in the surface. The relative importance of these two effects has long been debated. To study this question we have performed atomistic molecular dynamic simulations of molecules of 5CB in contact with polyvinyl alcohol. In this way it is possible to investigate the effects of interchain spacing, tacticity, chain orientation, and surface topography on the preferred orientation. The resulting preferred direction of planar anchoring appears to depend on all of these factors.

  17. Fabrication of twisted nematic structure and vector grating cells by one-step exposure on photocrosslinkable polymer liquid crystals.

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    Kuzuwata, Mitsuru; Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro; Ono, Hiroshi

    2012-03-15

    We present a simple yet efficient method to automatically fabricate the twisted nematic structure by one-step exposure on an empty glass cell coated with photocrosslinkable polymer liquid crystal (PCLC) films. The resultant photoalignment directions of two substrates can be orthogonal to each other by controlling the difference between the exposure energy for upper and lower PCLC films and the twisted nematic (TN) structure can be automatically fabricated. The vector grating liquid crystalline cell with TN structure was also fabricated by means of a developed method, and the diffraction properties were well explained by the theoretical calculation on the basis of Jones calculus. PMID:22446243

  18. Simulation of three-dimensional director structures in twisted nematic liquid crystal displays

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    Lien, A.

    1993-03-01

    The three-dimensional simulation of the liquid crystal director deformation profile and the electric field distribution for the twisted nematic liquid crystal display has been carried out for the first time. The result gives us a complete understanding about liquid crystal deformation profile inside a pixel and the locus of the disclination line pair across the entire pixel area. This would not be possible in the case of the two-dimensional (2D) simulation [A. Lien, Proceedings of the 10th International Display Research Conference (vde-verlag gmbh, Berlin und Offenbach, 1990), p. 248; G. Haas, H. Wohler, M. W. Fritsch, and D. A. Mlynski, ibid., p. 252; A. Lien and R. A. John, IBM J. Res. Devel. 36, 51 (1992)], since the 2D simulation result is accurate only for the region which is far away from the corner area of a pixel.

  19. Nanosecond electro-optics of a nematic liquid crystal with negative dielectric anisotropy.

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    Borshch, Volodymyr; Shiyanovskii, Sergij V; Li, Bing-Xiang; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2014-12-01

    We study a nanosecond electro-optic response of a nematic liquid crystal in a geometry where an applied electric field E modifies the tensor order parameter but does not change the orientation of the optic axis (director N ̂). We use a nematic with negative dielectric anisotropy with the electric field applied perpendicularly to N ̂. The field changes the dielectric tensor at optical frequencies (optic tensor) due to the following mechanisms: (a) nanosecond creation of the biaxial orientational order, (b) uniaxial modification of the orientational order that occurs over time scales of tens of nanoseconds, and (c) the quenching of director fluctuations with a wide range of characteristic times up to milliseconds. We develop a model to describe the dynamics of all three mechanisms. We design the experimental conditions to selectively suppress the contributions from the quenching of director fluctuations (c) and from the biaxial order effect (a) and thus, separate the contributions of the three mechanisms in the electro-optic response. As a result, the experimental data can be well fitted with the model parameters. The analysis provides a rather detailed physical picture of how the liquid crystal responds to a strong electric field on a time scale of nanoseconds. The paper provides a useful guidance in the current search for the biaxial nematic phase. Namely, the temperature dependence of the biaxial susceptibility allows one to estimate the temperature of the potential uniaxial-to-biaxial phase transition. An analysis of the quenching of director fluctuations indicates that on a time scale of nanoseconds, the classic model with constant viscoelastic material parameters might reach its limit of validity. The effect of nanosecond electric modification of the order parameter can be used in applications in which one needs to achieve ultrafast (nanosecond) changes in optical characteristics, such as birefringence. PMID:25615116

  20. A Solution of Backlight Bleed Drawback of LCDs can be seen by Long Range Ordered Nematic Domain of Liquid Crystal 8CB

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    Sharma, Dipti

    2014-03-01

    Most common liquid crystal device (LCD) uses nematic to isotropic phase transition of the liquid crystal to get more vibrant images and better contrast ratios in terms of how deep their blacks are. A contrast ratio is the difference between a completely on and off pixel, and LCDs can have ``backlight bleed'' where light (usually seen around corners of the screen) leaks out and turns black into gray. Completely on and off pixel can be related to the orientation of liquid crystal domain from nematic to Isotropic transition. This research focuses how long range ordered nematic domains can affect the nematic to isotropic phase transition of aligned 8CB liquid crystal and brings a quicker and early occurrence of nematic to isotropic phase transition with smaller wing tales.

  1. Toroidal Nematics

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    Fernandez-Nieves, Alberto

    We will discuss how nematic liquid crystals organize inside toroidal droplets. When the director is parallel to the bounding surface, we find spontaneous reflection symmetry breaking, which we attribute to the role played by saddle-splay contributions to the Frank free energy. When the director is perpendicular to the bounding surface, we find that the structure is reminiscent of the escape radial configuration seen in cylinders, but with a central doubly-twisted organization, which we attribute to the geometry of the torus. We will end by presenting recent experiments with active nematics on the toroidal surface. In this case, topology and activity both affect the structure and dynamics of the material.

  2. High-resolution x-ray study of nematic-smectic-A and smectic-A-reentrant-nematic transitions in liquid-crystal-aerosil gels.

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    Ramazanoglu, M; Larochelle, S; Garland, C W; Birgeneau, R J

    2008-03-01

    We have studied the effects of quenched random disorder created by dispersed aerosil nanoparticle gels on the nematic to smectic- A (N- SmA ) and smectic- A to reentrant nematic ( SmA -RN) phase transitions of thermotropic liquid-crystal mixtures of hexyloxycyanobiphenyl (6OCB) and octyloxycyanobiphenyl (8OCB). These effects are probed using high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction techniques. We find that the reentrant characteristics of the system are largely unchanged by the presence of the aerosil gel network. By comparing measurements of the smectic static structure amplitude for this 8OCB- 6OCB+aerosil system with those for butyloxybenzilidene-octylaniline (4O.8)+aerosil gels, we find that the short-range smectic order in the smectic- A phase is significantly weaker in the reentrant system. This result is consistent with the behavior seen in pure 8OCB-6OCB mixtures. The strength of the smectic ordering decreases progressively as the 6OCB concentration is increased. Detailed line shape analysis shows that the high- and low-temperature nematic phases (N and RN) are similar to each other.

  3. High-Resolution X-Ray Study of Nematic-Smectic-A And Smectic-A-Reentrant-Nematic Transitions in Liquid-Crystal-Aerosil Gels

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    Ramazanoglu, M.; Larochelle, S.; Garland, C.W.; Birgeneau, R.J.

    2009-05-21

    We have studied the effects of quenched random disorder created by dispersed aerosil nanoparticle gels on the nematic to smectic- A (N- SmA ) and smectic- A to reentrant nematic ( SmA -RN) phase transitions of thermotropic liquid-crystal mixtures of hexyloxycyanobiphenyl (6OCB) and octyloxycyanobiphenyl (8OCB). These effects are probed using high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction techniques. We find that the reentrant characteristics of the system are largely unchanged by the presence of the aerosil gel network. By comparing measurements of the smectic static structure amplitude for this 8OCB- 6OCB+aerosil system with those for butyloxybenzilidene-octylaniline (4O.8)+aerosil gels, we find that the short-range smectic order in the smectic- A phase is significantly weaker in the reentrant system. This result is consistent with the behavior seen in pure 8OCB-6OCB mixtures. The strength of the smectic ordering decreases progressively as the 6OCB concentration is increased. Detailed line shape analysis shows that the high- and low-temperature nematic phases (N and RN) are similar to each other.

  4. Circular flow formation triggered by Marangoni convection in nematic liquid crystal films with a free surface.

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    Choi, Hyunhee; Takezoe, Hideo

    2016-01-14

    We demonstrate circular flow formation at a surface in homeotropically oriented nematic liquid crystals with a free surface using focused laser beam irradiation. Under a weak laser power, a pit together with an associated circular bulge is formed: the Marangoni effect. Here a diverging molecular flow from the pit (thermocapillary flow) also induces director tilt in the radial direction. Upon increasing the laser power, the pit becomes deeper, and eventually evolves into a circular flow associated with a deeper pit and a subsidiary circular bulge or valley structure. This phenomenon is induced by escaping from excess deformation energy due to a bend deformation of the director. Actually, we confirmed that the circular flow is never formed in the isotropic phase. The handedness of the vortex cannot be controlled by circular polarisation, but is controllable by doping with chiral molecules. This rotational motion (a nematic micro-rotor) is a unique phenomenon only exhibited by anisotropic liquids, and is expected to be applied for novel devices. PMID:26482229

  5. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-05-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δ n) and figure of merit of optical properties ( Q = Δ n/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of Q R exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field.

  6. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals.

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δn) and figure of merit of optical properties (Q = Δn/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of QR exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field. PMID:22587542

  7. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals.

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δn) and figure of merit of optical properties (Q = Δn/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of QR exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field.

  8. Elastic Torque on a Ferromagnetic Disk within a Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Rovner, Joel B.; Borgnia, Dan S.; Lapointe, Clayton P.; Reich, Daniel H.; Leheny, Robert L.

    2012-02-01

    An aspherical particle suspended in a nematic liquid crystal will impose an orientationally dependent energy due to coupling to the nematic elasticity. This energy depends strongly on the anchoring conditions on the surface of the inclusion, its shape, as well as the proximity of other boundary conditions on the fluid such as those set by the container. To study these properties, ferromagnetic nickel disks with homeotropic surface anchoring were suspended in the liquid crystal 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) in a planar cell. The disks, 300 nm in thickness and 10 μm in diameter, possess a permanent magnetic moment confined to the disk's plane. In the absence of any external torque the disks align with the normal to their faces parallel to the director. Rotating of the disks from this preferred orientation creates an elastic deformation that is manifested by an opposing torque. Balancing this torque with the torque from an external magnetic field for various angles of rotation, we have mapped out the orientationally dependent energy. Over a large range of angles the torque shows a linear dependence as predicted by an electrostatic analogy.

  9. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals

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    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4′-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δn) and figure of merit of optical properties (Q = Δn/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of QR exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field. PMID:22587542

  10. Lattice Boltzmann simulation of asymmetric flow in nematic liquid crystals with finite anchoring.

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    Zhang, Rui; Roberts, Tyler; Aranson, Igor S; de Pablo, Juan J

    2016-02-28

    Liquid crystals (LCs) display many of the flow characteristics of liquids but exhibit long range orientational order. In the nematic phase, the coupling of structure and flow leads to complex hydrodynamic effects that remain to be fully elucidated. Here, we consider the hydrodynamics of a nematic LC in a hybrid cell, where opposite walls have conflicting anchoring boundary conditions, and we employ a 3D lattice Boltzmann method to simulate the time-dependent flow patterns that can arise. Due to the symmetry breaking of the director field within the hybrid cell, we observe that at low to moderate shear rates, the volumetric flow rate under Couette and Poiseuille flows is different for opposite flow directions. At high shear rates, the director field may undergo a topological transition which leads to symmetric flows. By applying an oscillatory pressure gradient to the channel, a net volumetric flow rate is found to depend on the magnitude and frequency of the oscillation, as well as the anchoring strength. Taken together, our findings suggest several intriguing new applications for LCs in microfluidic devices.

  11. In situ prepared polymer films as alignment layers for nematic liquid crystals

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    Pires, David; Galerne, Yves

    2006-12-15

    By means of UV-visible irradiations and convenient photoinitiators, we realize the cross-linked polymerization of a triacrylate monomer in solution in a nematic liquid crystal (p-pentyl-p{sup '}-cyanobiphenyl) at low concentrations (a few wt %), i.e., under conditions opposite to the synthesis of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals. As atomic force microscope measurements show, when operating close to, but below, the percolation transition, a thin polymer layer is synthesized in situ, directly covering and coating all the substrate. These observations therefore confirm that the properties of anchoring and of alignment memory previously observed in such nematic cells effectively originate from the synthesized polymer film. According to the photoinitiator used, bulk or surface polymerizations dominate and respectively produce continuous or discontinuous films (i.e., with separate clusters). In the former case, polymer aggregates are first synthesized. They then diffuse in the volume until they meet a surface, where they definitely stick if they are large enough. An estimate of the entropy and interaction energy differences between the two states, stuck or free, shows that the aggregates stick on the substrates if their size exceeds the length of about three monomers, i.e., if they contain more than 20-30 monomers. Interestingly, these films may be used to replicate nonuniform alignment patterns that are difficult to realize otherwise. The method may be considered as an imprinting method.

  12. Alignment structures and diffraction properties of chiral nematic liquid crystal cells with periodically patterned photoalignment films

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    Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Shimura, Rei; Kawai, Kotaro; Noda, Kohei; Sakamoto, Moritsugu; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro; Ono, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Liquid crystal (LC) cells with periodic alignment distributions were fabricated using chiral nematic LCs (N*LCs), which were prepared using mixtures of a nematic LC and a chiral dopant, along with photoreactive liquid crystalline polymer (PLCP) films. Periodic structures were formed by polarization holographic recording in the PLCP films. The director distribution in each cell depended on the ratio of chiral dopant present, i.e., the inherent helical pitch of the N*LCs. These periodic alignment structures with line defects in the LC grating cells were well explained on the basis of the elastic continuum theory of the N*LCs and the photoalignment effect of the PLCP films. The diffraction properties of the grating LC cells were also investigated using a polarized visible laser. The observed intensity and polarization states of the diffracted beams were consistent with theoretical ones calculated using the director distribution models. Our results clarify that the diffraction properties of the grating LC cells can be controlled by the helical pitch of the N*LCs.

  13. Director alignment relative to the temperature gradient in nematic liquid crystals studied by molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Sarman, Sten; Laaksonen, Aatto

    2014-07-28

    The director alignment relative to the temperature gradient in nematic liquid crystal model systems consisting of soft oblate or prolate ellipsoids of revolution has been studied by molecular dynamics simulation. The temperature gradient is maintained by thermostating different parts of the system at different temperatures by using a Gaussian thermostat. It is found that the director of the prolate ellipsoids aligns perpendicularly to the temperature gradient whereas the director of the oblate ellipsoids aligns parallel to this gradient. When the director is oriented in between the parallel and perpendicular orientations a torque is exerted forcing the director to the parallel or perpendicular orientation. Because of symmetry restrictions there is no linear dependence of the torque being a pseudovector on the temperature gradient being a polar vector in an axially symmetric system such as a nematic liquid crystal. The lowest possible order of this dependence is quadratic. Thus the torque is very weak when the temperature gradient is small, which may explain why this orientation phenomenon is hard to observe experimentally. In both cases the director attains the orientation that minimises the irreversible entropy production.

  14. Miscibility and alignment effects of mixed monolayer cyanobiphenyl liquid-crystal-capped gold nanoparticles in nematic cyanobiphenyl liquid crystal hosts.

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    Qi, Hao; Kinkead, Brandy; Marx, Vanessa M; Zhang, Huai R; Hegmann, Torsten

    2009-06-01

    Against the rule: Liquid crystal hosts (5CB and 8CB) are doped with different thiol decorated gold nanoparticles (see figure). The "simple" hexanethiol and dodecanethiol capped nanoparticles (Au1 and Au2) are more compatible to the nematic cyanobiphenyl liquid crystals than nanoparticles capped simultaneously with alkylthiols and a nematic cyanobiphenyl thiol (Au3 and Au4).This study focuses on the miscibility of liquid crystal (LC) decorated gold nanoparticles (NPs) in nematic LCs. To explore if LC functional groups on the gold NP corona improve the compatibility (miscibility) with structurally related LC hosts, we examined mixtures of two LC hosts, 5CB and 8CB, doped at 5 wt % with different types of gold NPs. Four alkanethiol-capped NPs were synthesized; two homogeneously coated with alkanethiols (Au1 with C(6)H(13)SH and Au2 with C(12)H(25)SH), and two that were additionally capped at a different ratio with a mesogenic cyanobiphenyl end-functionalized alkanethiol HS10OCB (C(6)H(13)SH + HS10OCB for Au3 and C(12)H(25)SH + HS10OCB for Au4). Investigating these mixtures in the bulk for settling of the NPs, and in thin films using polarized optical microscopy (POM) between untreated glass slides as well as POM studies and electro-optic tests in planar ITO/polyimide test cells, reveal that the alkanethiol capped NPs Au1 and Au2 are more compatible with the two polar cyanobiphenyl hosts in comparison to the NPs decorated with the cyanobiphenyl moieties. All NPs induce homeotropic alignment in 5CB and 8CB between untreated glass slides, with Au1 and Au2 showing characteristic birefringent stripes, and Au3 and A4 exhibiting clear signs of aggregation. In rubbed polyimide cells, however, Au3 and Au4 fail to induce homeotropic alignment and show clear signs of macroscopic aggregation. PMID:19334026

  15. Dynamic behaviors of dual frequency liquid crystals in bistable chiral tilted-homeotropic nematic liquid crystal cell

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    Hsu, Jy-Shan; Liang, Bau-Jy; Chen, Shu-Hsia

    2006-07-01

    The switching behaviors of dual frequency liquid crystals (DFLC) in a bistable chiral tilted-homeotropic nematic (BHN) LC cell are simulated and compared with the observed results. This cell can be switched between tilted-homeotropic state and twisted state under the applied voltage as low as 5V. The reason for the low switching voltage is attributed to the dielectric anisotropy character of DFLC. The analysis also shows that the switching wave form accelerates the switching behaviors of the directors which results in faster response in BHN LC cell.

  16. Anchoring of nematic liquid crystals on viruses with different envelope structures.

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    Jang, Chang-Hyun; Cheng, Li-Lin; Olsen, Christopher W; Abbott, Nicholas L

    2006-05-01

    The ordering of synthetic liquid crystals near surfaces is known to be dependent on the nanoscopic structure and chemical functionality of surfaces. In this letter, we report that the orientational ordering of synthetic liquid crystals on surfaces decorated with viruses is also dependent on the structures of the viruses. Each of the four virions investigated had diameters of approximately 100 nm, but three of the viruses (influenza virus, La Crosse virus, and vesicular stomatitis virus) were enveloped in a lipid bilayer, whereas one virus (adenovirus) was not. We observed that lipid bilayer-enveloped viruses induce homeotropic (perpendicular) ordering of a nematic liquid crystal upon contact with the liquid crystal. In contrast, nonenveloped virus (adenovirus)-treated surfaces caused a near-planar orientation of the liquid crystal. We conclude that the homeotropic ordering of liquid crystals is a signature of the presence of enveloped viruses present on surfaces. These results suggest new approaches to the design of nanostructured materials that incorporate viruses as well as suggest methods that can be used to amplify the presence of nanoscopic virions into micrometer-sized domains of liquid crystal that can be optically probed.

  17. Equivalent retarder-rotator approach to on-state twisted nematic liquid crystal displays

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    Duran, Vicente; Lancis, Jesus; Tajahuerce, Enrique; Jaroszewicz, Zbigniew

    2006-06-01

    Polarization properties of a twisted nematic liquid crystal cell are fully characterized by an equivalent optical system that consists of a retarder wave plate and a rotator. In this paper we show that this result is of interest to optimize the light-modulation capabilities of a voltage-addressed liquid crystal display (LCD). We provide two examples. First, we demonstrate a calibration method that can be carried out by a standard polarimetric technique with a high degree of precision. Second, we propose an optical device to generate a family of equiazimuth polarization states by adding a quarter-wave plate to the LCD. We find that the design procedure is best described in geometrical terms on the Poincare sphere by use of the equivalent model. Finally, laboratory results corresponding to a commercial LCD are presented.

  18. Dynamic characteristics of dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal with quasi-homeotropic twist structure

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    Konshina, E. A.; Fedorov, M. A.; Amosova, L. P.

    2010-07-01

    Dynamic characteristics of a liquid crystal (LC) cell with a quasi-homeotropic twist structure formed in a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal (DFNLC) layer with the director pretilt angle increased to 60° have been experimentally studied. The cell was switched from the off to on state using a 30-kHz electric field, while the reverse (off/on) switching was effected by a 1-kHz field. An increase in the director pretilt angle allowed the switch-on time of a 6.4-μm-thick DFNLC cell to be reduced to 1 ms and the relaxation (switch-off) time, to 0.5 ms.

  19. Length Selection in Dendritic Growth of Electrohydrodynamic Convection in a Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Gheorghiu, Nadina; Gleeson, J. T.

    2001-03-01

    Dendritic growth of electrohydrodynamic convection (EHC) with parallel magnetic field in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) has been already subjected to one important experiment (J.T.Gleeson, Nature, 385, 511 (1997)). Further exploration of this interesting pattern-forming system is presented here. The most important question is: What sets the length scale for the dendrite? In order to find this, we use two control parameters in our experiment: the thickness d of the liquid crystal film, and the intensity H of the magnetic field. The first one is proportional to the pattern wavelength in the traditional EHC experiment, while the second determines the distance of externally imposed anisotropy, the magnetic coherence length ξ_m. By systematically varying d and ξ_m, we relate these two imposed lengths to those that characterize the dendrite: the tip radius of curvature ρ and the interface width w. An estimate of the critical field HC for the subcritical bifurcation is also provided.

  20. Optically driven translational and rotational motions of microrod particles in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Eremin, Alexey; Hirankittiwong, Pemika; Chattham, Nattaporn; Nádasi, Hajnalka; Stannarius, Ralf; Limtrakul, Jumras; Haba, Osamu; Yonetake, Koichiro; Takezoe, Hideo

    2015-01-01

    A small amount of azo-dendrimer molecules dissolved in a liquid crystal enables translational and rotational motions of microrods in a liquid crystal matrix under unpolarized UV light irradiation. This motion is initiated by a light-induced trans-to-cis conformational change of the dendrimer adsorbed at the rod surface and the associated director reorientation. The bending direction of the cis conformers is not random but is selectively chosen due to the curved local director field in the vicinity of the dendrimer-coated surface. Different types of director distortions occur around the rods, depending on their orientations with respect to the nematic director field. This leads to different types of motions driven by the torques exerted on the particles by the director reorientations. PMID:25624507

  1. Electric field effects in nematic liquid crystals doped with carbon nanotubes

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    Cîrtoaje, Cristina; Petrescu, Emil; Moţoc, Cornelia

    2013-12-01

    The aim of this paper was to investigate electric field induced effects in mixtures of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) with positive electric anisotropies (MCL 6601 Merck) with carbon nanotubes (MWCNT from Aldrich). In planar alignment, the current-electric field dependence and the current-temperature dependence were explained by assuming a Poole-Frenkel effect (i.e. a tunnelling mechanism) and good agreement with the experimental data was obtained. Within this high field range it resulted that in planar aligned NLC-CNTs mixture the conductivity decreases when the temperature was increased. In homeotropic aligned mixture, the conduction mechanism is similar to the one occurring in a semiconductor: the conductivity increases when increasing temperature. This happens because in thin liquid crystal cells there is a possibility to realize an inner contact between nanotubes and electrodes so the mixture behaves like a semiconductor.

  2. Homeotropic orientation of a nematic liquid crystal by bent-core molecules adsorbed on its surface

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    Hwang, Jiyong; Yang, Seungbin; Lee, Hyojin; Kim, Jongyoon; Lee, Ji-Hoon; Kang, Shin-Woong; Choi, E.-Joon

    2015-06-01

    We reported the promotion of a homeotropic alignment of a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) by bent-core liquid-crystal (BLC) Molecules adsorbed its surface. The BLC was mixed at various concentrations with the NLC, and the mixtures were injected into an empty cell with a cell gap of 13 μm. Although the pure NLC showed a heterogeneous orientation, the BLC-NLC mixture was gradually transformed to a homeotropic alignment with increasing concentration of the BLC. We investigated the surface topography of the samples by using an atomic force microscopy (AFM) and found that the BLC molecules were segregated into a polyimide (PI) surface and formed protrusion domains with diameters of 50-100 nm. The BLC protrusions might promote the homeotropic orientation of the NLC molecules.

  3. A random laser made of nematic liquid crystal doped with a laser dye

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    Sznitko, L.; Kaliciak, K.; Adamow, A.; Mysliwiec, J.

    2016-06-01

    We report on random laser emission obtained in 5CB and E7 nematic liquid crystal (LC) mixtures doped with 1% weight to weight ratio of DCM laser dye. The LC cell was used as asymmetric planar waveguide were emission was collected from the edge of the sample. Variable stripe length method was utilized to estimate the gain and the losses coefficients. Both systems have shown the threshold energy fluence in order of several mJ/cm2. In both cases above Fredericks potential, significant increase of emission intensity was observed due to the increase of light scattering on liquid crystalline domains. Moreover the use of fifth order of diffraction grating covered with thin alumina film resulted in strong multimode and directional laser emission.

  4. The interaction of colloidal particles with weak homeotropic anchoring energy in homogeneous nematic liquid crystal cells.

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    Kim, Sung-Jo; Kim, Jong-Hyun

    2014-04-21

    We have investigated interactions of colloidal particles with weak homeotropic anchoring energy in homogeneous nematic liquid crystal cells. Particle-wall and inter-particle interactions were observed experimentally and analyzed using typical dipole-dipole and quadrupole-quadrupole interactions, including substrate effects as the image charges. Both experimental results matched well with the calculated results for the effective particle radius reflecting the weak anchoring. The effective radius is reduced by the amount of extrapolation length than the actual particle radius. The effective radii of polyethylene micro-particles were reduced to a coefficient ζ (0.78 ≥ ζ ≥ 0.52) times the actual radius with anchoring coefficients in the range of 3.8 × 10(-6) to 1.4 × 10(-6) J m(-2). The anchoring energy of the particles is, therefore, a key component for explaining liquid crystal colloidal systems.

  5. Optically driven translational and rotational motions of microrod particles in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Eremin, Alexey; Hirankittiwong, Pemika; Chattham, Nattaporn; Nádasi, Hajnalka; Stannarius, Ralf; Limtrakul, Jumras; Haba, Osamu; Yonetake, Koichiro; Takezoe, Hideo

    2015-02-10

    A small amount of azo-dendrimer molecules dissolved in a liquid crystal enables translational and rotational motions of microrods in a liquid crystal matrix under unpolarized UV light irradiation. This motion is initiated by a light-induced trans-to-cis conformational change of the dendrimer adsorbed at the rod surface and the associated director reorientation. The bending direction of the cis conformers is not random but is selectively chosen due to the curved local director field in the vicinity of the dendrimer-coated surface. Different types of director distortions occur around the rods, depending on their orientations with respect to the nematic director field. This leads to different types of motions driven by the torques exerted on the particles by the director reorientations. PMID:25624507

  6. All-optical measurement of elastic constants in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Klus, Bartłomiej; Laudyn, Urszula A; Karpierz, Mirosław A; Sahraoui, Bouchta

    2014-12-01

    In this article we present a new all-optical method to measure elastic constants connected with twist and bend deformations. The method is based on the optical Freedericksz threshold effect induced by the linearly polarized electro-magnetic wave. In the experiment elastic constants are measured of commonly used liquid crystals 6CHBT and E7 and two new nematic mixtures with low birefringence. The proposed method is neither very sensitive on the variation of cell thickness, beam waist or the power of a light beam nor does it need any special design of a liquid crystal cell. The experimental results are in good agreement with the values obtain by other methods based on an electro-optical effect. PMID:25606956

  7. Electric-field variations within a nematic-liquid-crystal layer.

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    Cummings, L J; Mema, E; Cai, C; Kondic, L

    2014-07-01

    A thin layer of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) across which an electric field is applied is a setup of great industrial importance in liquid crystal display devices. There is thus a large literature modeling this situation and related scenarios. A commonly used assumption is that an electric field generated by electrodes at the two bounding surfaces of the layer will produce a field that is uniform: that is, the presence of NLC does not affect the electric field. In this paper, we use calculus of variations to derive the equations coupling the electric potential to the orientation of the NLC's director field, and use a simple one-dimensional model to investigate the limitations of the uniform field assumption in the case of a steady applied field. The extension of the model to the unsteady case is also briefly discussed.

  8. Asymmetric motion of bubble in nematic liquid crystal induced by symmetry-broken evaporation

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    Kim, Sung-Jo; Lev, Bohdan; Kim, Jong-Hyun

    2016-07-01

    The size of air bubbles in nematic liquid crystals can be continuously decreased through the absorption of air molecules into the host liquid crystal. A bubble and its accompanying hyperbolic hedgehog point defect undergo a continuous asymmetric motion, while the bubble decreases in size. In this study, a mechanism is proposed to theoretically explain both the motion of the air bubble and the point defect observed experimentally. Anisotropic evaporation of air molecules may occur because of the symmetry breaking of the director configuration near the point defect. The motion of the center of the air bubble to the hyperbolic hedgehog point defect is induced by the anisotropic force due to evaporation of air molecules and Stokes drag force.

  9. Stripe domains in a nearly homeotropic nematic liquid crystal: a bend escaped state at a nematic-smectic-A transition.

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    Pergamenshchik, V M; Lelidis, I; Uzunova, V A

    2008-04-01

    We report an observation and mechanism of spontaneous periodic modulations of the nematic director close to the temperature T(NA) of a nematic-to-smectic-A phase transition if the surface alignment slightly differs from a pure homeotropic one. Stripe domains appear in the nematic phase about one degree above T(NA) and persist into the Sm A phase. The instability of the homogeneous state with respect to stripe domains is shown to be related to a very large bend constant which is much larger than the twist and splay elastic constants. The instability mechanism consists of reduction of the highly energetic bend deformation, induced by small surface director tilts, at the expense of a spontaneous periodic splay-twist modulation. Using smallness of the twist-to-bend and splay-to-bend elastic constant ratios, the critical condition of the instability and the modulation period are found analytically. Both the experimentally obtained and theoretically predicted domain period scales very closely to a square root of the cell thickness. PMID:18517639

  10. Nematic and blue phase liquid crystals for temperature stabilization and active optical tuning of silicon photonic devices (Presentation Recording)

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    Ptasinski, Joanna N.; Khoo, Iam Choon; Fainman, Yeshaiahu

    2015-10-01

    We describe the underlying theories and experimental demonstrations of passive temperature stabilization of silicon photonic devices clad in nematic liquid crystal mixtures, and active optical tuning of silicon photonic resonant structures combined with dye-doped nematic and blue phase liquid crystals. We show how modifications to the resonator device geometry allow for not only enhanced tuning of the resonator response, but also aid in achieving complete athermal operations of silicon photonic circuits. [Ref.: I.C. Khoo, "DC-field-assisted grating formation and nonlinear diffractions in methyl-red dye-doped blue phase liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 40, 60-63 (2015); J. Ptasinski, I.C. Khoo, and Y. Fainman, "Enhanced optical tuning of modified-geometry resonators clad in blue phase liquid crystals," Opt. Lett. 39, 5435-5438 (2014); J. Ptasinski, I.C. Khoo, and Y. Fainman, "Passive Temperature Stabilization of Silicon Photonic Devices Using Liquid Crystals," Materials 7(3), 2229-2241 (2014)].

  11. Light Self-Localization and Power-Dependent Steering in Anisotropic Dielectrics: Spatial Solitons in Uniaxial Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Alberucci, Alessandro; Assanto, Gaetano

    We discuss nonlinear propagation of light beams in anisotropic media, addressing the role of nonlocality and nonlinearity in power-dependent beam self-steering. With specific reference to spatial solitons in positive uniaxial nematic liquid crystals (i.e. nematicons), we describe soliton self-acceleration through reorientational response and nonlinear walk-off.

  12. Detection of a new 'nematic-like' phase in liquid crystal-amphiphile mixture by differential scanning calorimetry

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    Dan, Kaustabh; Roy, Madhusudan; Datta, Alokmay

    2014-04-01

    Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) studies on phase transitions of the pure liquid crystalline material N-4-methoxybenzylidene-4-butylaniline (MBBA) and mixtures of MBBA and the amphiphile Stearic Acid (StA) show significant changes in the behavior of mixture from pure MBBA, as regards the nematic-isotropic (N-I) transition temperature (Tc) and other thermodynamic parameters like enthalpy, specific heat and activation energy with concentration of StA. In particular, the convexity of the Arrhenius plot in pure MBBA vanishes with StA concentration pointing to the formation of a new, perhaps 'nematic-like', phase in the mixtures.

  13. Detection of a new 'nematic-like' phase in liquid crystal-amphiphile mixture by differential scanning calorimetry

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    Dan, Kaustabh Roy, Madhusudan Datta, Alokmay

    2014-04-24

    Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) studies on phase transitions of the pure liquid crystalline material N-4-methoxybenzylidene-4-butylaniline (MBBA) and mixtures of MBBA and the amphiphile Stearic Acid (StA) show significant changes in the behavior of mixture from pure MBBA, as regards the nematic-isotropic (N-I) transition temperature (T{sub c}) and other thermodynamic parameters like enthalpy, specific heat and activation energy with concentration of StA. In particular, the convexity of the Arrhenius plot in pure MBBA vanishes with StA concentration pointing to the formation of a new, perhaps 'nematic-like', phase in the mixtures.

  14. From the molecular structure to spectroscopic and material properties: computational investigation of a bent-core nematic liquid crystal.

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    Greco, Cristina; Marini, Alberto; Frezza, Elisa; Ferrarini, Alberta

    2014-05-19

    We present a computational investigation of the nematic phase of the bent-core liquid crystal A131. We use an integrated approach that bridges density functional theory calculations of molecular geometry and torsional potentials to elastic properties through the molecular conformational and orientational distribution function. This unique capability to simultaneously access different length scales enables us to consistently describe molecular and material properties. We can reassign (13)C NMR chemical shifts and analyze the dependence of phase properties on molecular shape. Focusing on the elastic constants we can draw some general conclusions on the unconventional behavior of bent-core nematics and highlight the crucial role of a properly-bent shape.

  15. Annihilation dynamics of topological monopoles on a fiber in nematic liquid crystals

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    Nikkhou, M.; Škarabot, M.; Muševič, I.

    2016-06-01

    We use the laser tweezers to create isolated pairs of topological point defects in a form of radial and hyperbolic hedgehogs, located close and attracted to a thin fiber with perpendicular surface orientation of nematic liquid crystal molecules in a thin planar nematic cell. We study the time evolution of the interaction between the two monopoles by monitoring their movement and reconstructing their trajectories and velocities. We find that there is a crossover in the pair interaction force between the radial and hyperbolic hedgehog. At small separation d , the elastic force between the opposite monopoles results in an increase of the attractive force with respect to the far field, and their relative velocity v scales as a v (d ) ∝d-2 ±0.2 power law. At large separations, the two oppositely charged monopoles can either attract or repel with constant interaction force. We explain this strange far-field behavior by the experimental inaccuracy in setting the fiber exactly perpendicular to the cell director.

  16. Nematic Liquid Crystal Alignment Behaviors between Crossed Stretched Miropolymer Filaments with Anchoring Effects

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    Fujikake, Hideo; Murashige, Takeshi; Sato, Hiroto; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Kurita, Taiichiro; Sato, Fumio

    2006-04-01

    We observed the molecular alignment of a liquid crystal (LC) induced by crossing two stretched micropolymer filaments between glass substrates and confirmed its light modulation property. The two microfilaments, which were extracted from a cellulose cloth by stretching it in advance, had surface molecular alignment and stabilized nematic LC alignment between the microfilaments crossed with a small angle. In the fabricated LC cell, a spatially-uniform LC planar alignment is achieved in the area of a filament interval of less than 60 μm. By polarizing microscopy observation of the isotropic-to-nematic wetting transition of the LC material between the polymer filaments, it was confirmed that the stable LC alignment area is formed by the surface anchoring of the filaments. When external voltages were applied to the obtained uniformed alignment LC area, a characteristic periodic electrooptic property was confirmed on the basis of electrically-controlled birefringence under the alignment control of the in-plane anchoring of the filaments.

  17. A charge transfer complex nematic liquid crystalline gel with high electrical conductivity

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    Bhargavi, R.; Nair, Geetha G. E-mail: skpras@gmail.com; Krishna Prasad, S. E-mail: skpras@gmail.com; Majumdar, R.; Bag, Braja G.

    2014-10-21

    We describe the rheological, dielectric and elastic properties of a nematic liquid crystal gel created using an anthrylidene derivative of arjunolic acid, a chiral triterpenoid, obtained from the extracts of the wood of Terminalia arjuna. In this novel gel, having the electron-donor and acceptor components as minority constituents, the gelation and strengthening of charge-transfer complex (CTC) formation are seen to be occurring concomitantly. In addition to being mechanically strong with a large storage modulus, the gel with the maximized CTC exhibits Frank bend elastic constant values that approach nanonewton levels. The highlight of the study is the observation of 4–5 orders of magnitude increase in electrical conductivity for this gel, a value that is higher than even in the CT complexes of 2-d ordered columnar structures. A further important advantage of the present system over the columnar complex is that the high conductivity is seen for ac probing also, and owing to the nematic nature can be switched between its anisotropic limits. Some of these features are ascribed to a specific molecular packing architecture, which reduces the trapping of the charge carriers.

  18. Dynamics of twist effect in a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal

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    Konshina, E. A.; Fedorov, M. A.; Rybnikova, A. E.; Amosova, L. P.; Ivanova, N. L.; Isaev, M. V.; Kostomarov, D. S.

    2009-04-01

    The dynamics of the electrooptical 90° twist effect in a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal is investigated for wavelengths of 0.65 and 1.55μ m. It is shown that the boundary conditions of the interaction between the phases affect the optical threshold of the twist effect, the contrast, and the working voltage range. The switching time of the twist effect from the off to the on state upon a variation of the amplitude of a rectangular dc voltage pulse from 15 to 50 V changes from 1.5 to 0.3 ms for a thickness of the nematic crystal layer of about 7 μ m. The minimal time of switching from the “on” to the “off” state was 3 ms in the case when relaxation of molecules in a cell with asymmetric boundary conditions was controlled electrically. The dynamic range of transmittance variation at a wavelength of 1.55 μm extended to 30 dB.

  19. Atomistic DMD Simulations of Spontaneous Formation of Nematic and Smectic Phase in a Model Liquid Crystal

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    Linhananta, Apichart; Mackay, Ian

    2009-03-01

    We present atomistic discontinuous molecular dynamics (DMD) simulations of the bulk liquid crystal phases of the molecular fluid 8CB. The model is based on previous DMD models of protein folding (A. Linhananta, J. Boer and Ian MacKay, J. Chem. Phys., 2005, 122, 114901) in which all atoms including polar hydrogen, but not nonpolar hydrogen, are represented. Bonded pairs interact by infinite square well, while nonbonded atoms interact by hard-sphere square-well potentials. For the model 8CB, molecular parameters are scaled using AMBER and CHARMM force fields. The hard interaction potentials allow very rapid equilibration of ordered phases. Starting the DMD simulations from initial random states, without positional or orientation order, the 8CB systems spontaneously form ordered nematic and smectic phases. The simulations were performed in a 40 A X 40 A X 40 A box with 100 to 500 8CB molecules. At fixed temperature, as the density increases, the phase change from disorder to nematic to smectic. Finally a density-temperature phase diagram is presented.

  20. Annihilation dynamics of topological monopoles on a fiber in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Nikkhou, M; Škarabot, M; Muševič, I

    2016-06-01

    We use the laser tweezers to create isolated pairs of topological point defects in a form of radial and hyperbolic hedgehogs, located close and attracted to a thin fiber with perpendicular surface orientation of nematic liquid crystal molecules in a thin planar nematic cell. We study the time evolution of the interaction between the two monopoles by monitoring their movement and reconstructing their trajectories and velocities. We find that there is a crossover in the pair interaction force between the radial and hyperbolic hedgehog. At small separation d, the elastic force between the opposite monopoles results in an increase of the attractive force with respect to the far field, and their relative velocity v scales as a v(d)∝d^{-2±0.2} power law. At large separations, the two oppositely charged monopoles can either attract or repel with constant interaction force. We explain this strange far-field behavior by the experimental inaccuracy in setting the fiber exactly perpendicular to the cell director. PMID:27415330

  1. Dynamics of colloidal particles in electrohydrodynamic convection of nematic liquid crystal.

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    Takahashi, Kentaro; Kimura, Yasuyuki

    2014-07-01

    We have studied the dynamics of micrometer-sized colloidal particles in electrohydrodynamic convection of nematic liquid crystal. Above the onset voltage of electroconvection, the parallel array of convection rolls appears to be perpendicular to the nematic field at first. The particles are forced to rotate by convection flow and are trapped within a single roll in this voltage regime. A slow glide motion along the roll axis is also observed. The frequency of rotational motion and the glide velocity increase with the applied voltage. Under a much larger voltage where the roll axis temporally fluctuates, the particles occasionally hop to the neighbor rolls. In this voltage regime, the motion of the particles becomes two-dimensional. The motion perpendicular to the roll axis exhibits diffusion behavior at a long time period. The effective diffusion constant is 10(3)-10(4) times larger than the molecular one. The observed behavior is compared with the result obtained by a simple stochastic model for the transport of the particles in convection. The enhancement of diffusion can be quantitatively described well by the rotation frequency in a roll, the width of the roll, and the hopping probability to the neighbor rolls.

  2. Dynamic Light Scattering on a Twist-Bend nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Parsouzi, Zeinab; Shamid, Shaikh; Borshch, Volodymyr; Challa, Pavan; Tamba, Gabriela; Mehl, Georg; Gleeson, James; Jákli, Antal; Lavrentovich, Oleg; Allender, David; Selinger, Jonathan; Sprunt, Samuel

    We present a dynamic light scattering study performed on the uniaxial and twist-bend nematic (NTB) phases of a liquid crystal dimer/monomer mixture. In the nematic phase, in addition to the usual two hydrodynamic director modes, the results reveal a single non-hydrodynamic process that is associated with fluctuations in orientational order in the plane perpendicular to the primary (uniaxial) ordering direction. On the other hand, data from the NTB phase demonstrate a pair of non-hydrodynamic modes and a single hydrodynamic mode. The non-hydrodynamic modes are strongly temperature-dependent, slowing down as the transition is approached from the NTB side. Our results may be explained by a Landau-deGennes expansion of free energy for the N to NTB transition in terms of a helical polarization field, which is nonzero in the NTB state and is coupled to the heliconical director that characterizes the NTB state. The short pitch of the structure allows a ``coarse-graining'' of the free energy that accounts for the observed fluctuation mode structure and properties at optical wavevectors. In the model, the helical axis is the effective director, and the helical planes become smectic-like layers. We estimate an effective compression constant, B = 4000 Pa, for the NTB ``layer'' structure.

  3. Optical transmission of nematic liquid crystal 5CB doped by single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Lisetski, L N; Fedoryako, A P; Samoilov, A N; Minenko, S S; Soskin, M S; Lebovka, N I

    2014-08-01

    Comparative studies of optical transmission of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), dispersed in nematic liquid crystal matrix 5CB, were carried out. The data evidence violations of Beer-Lambert-Bouguer (BLB) law both in cell thickness and concentration dependencies. The most striking is the fact that optical transmission dependencies for SWCNTs and MWCNTs were quite different in the nematic phase, but they were practically indistinguishable in the isotropic phase. Monte Carlo simulations of the impact of aggregation on direct transmission and violation of BLB law were also done. The results were discussed accounting for the tortuous shape of CNTs, their physical properties and aggregation, as well as strong impact of perturbations of the nematic 5CB structure inside coils and in the vicinity of CNT aggregates. PMID:25106504

  4. A possible critical point for nematic order on the basis of Landau free energy having dual instabilities for nano-segregated smectic liquid crystals.

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    Saito, Kazuya; Hishida, Mafumi; Yamamura, Yasuhisa

    2015-11-21

    Landau expansion of free energy assuming dual instabilities for the nano-segregated SmA phase is analyzed. In addition to known phase sequences (on cooling, disordered isotropic liquidnematic phase → smectic phase, and disordered isotropic liquid → smectic phase), a new sequence (disordered isotropic liquid → density wave with subsidiary nematic order → smectic phase) and the existence of a critical point are demonstrated in the case where the instability for density wave formation occurs at a higher temperature.

  5. Domain walls and anchoring transitions mimicking nematic biaxiality in the oxadiazole bent-core liquid crystal C7.

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    Kim, Young-Ki; Cukrov, Greta; Xiang, Jie; Shin, Sung-Tae; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2015-05-28

    We investigate the origin of "secondary disclinations" that were recently described as new evidence of a biaxial nematic phase in an oxadiazole bent-core thermotropic liquid crystal C7. Using an assortment of optical techniques such as polarizing optical microscopy, LC PolScope, and fluorescence confocal polarizing microscopy, we demonstrate that the secondary disclinations represent non-singular domain walls formed in a uniaxial nematic phase during the surface anchoring transition, in which surface orientation of the director changes from tangential (parallel to the bounding plates) to tilted. Each domain wall separates two regions with the director tilted in opposite azimuthal directions. At the centre of the wall, the director remains parallel to the bounding plates. The domain walls can be easily removed by applying a moderate electric field. The anchoring transition is explained by the balance of (a) the intrinsic perpendicular surface anchoring produced by the polyimide aligning layer and (b) tangential alignment caused by ionic impurities forming electric double layers. The model is supported by the fact that the temperature of the tangentially tilted anchoring transition decreases as the cell thickness increases and as the concentration of ionic species (added salt) increases. We also demonstrate that the surface alignment is strongly affected by thermal degradation of the samples. This study shows that C7 exhibits only a uniaxial nematic phase and demonstrates yet another mechanism (formation of "secondary disclinations") by which a uniaxial nematic phase can mimic a biaxial nematic behaviour. PMID:25820380

  6. Domain walls and anchoring transitions mimicking nematic biaxiality in the oxadiazole bent-core liquid crystal C7.

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    Kim, Young-Ki; Cukrov, Greta; Xiang, Jie; Shin, Sung-Tae; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2015-05-28

    We investigate the origin of "secondary disclinations" that were recently described as new evidence of a biaxial nematic phase in an oxadiazole bent-core thermotropic liquid crystal C7. Using an assortment of optical techniques such as polarizing optical microscopy, LC PolScope, and fluorescence confocal polarizing microscopy, we demonstrate that the secondary disclinations represent non-singular domain walls formed in a uniaxial nematic phase during the surface anchoring transition, in which surface orientation of the director changes from tangential (parallel to the bounding plates) to tilted. Each domain wall separates two regions with the director tilted in opposite azimuthal directions. At the centre of the wall, the director remains parallel to the bounding plates. The domain walls can be easily removed by applying a moderate electric field. The anchoring transition is explained by the balance of (a) the intrinsic perpendicular surface anchoring produced by the polyimide aligning layer and (b) tangential alignment caused by ionic impurities forming electric double layers. The model is supported by the fact that the temperature of the tangentially tilted anchoring transition decreases as the cell thickness increases and as the concentration of ionic species (added salt) increases. We also demonstrate that the surface alignment is strongly affected by thermal degradation of the samples. This study shows that C7 exhibits only a uniaxial nematic phase and demonstrates yet another mechanism (formation of "secondary disclinations") by which a uniaxial nematic phase can mimic a biaxial nematic behaviour.

  7. Nematic liquid crystals confined in microcapillaries for imaging phenomena at liquid-liquid interfaces.

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    Zhong, Shenghong; Jang, Chang-Hyun

    2015-09-21

    Here, we report the development of an experimental system based on liquid crystals (LCs) confined in microcapillaries for imaging interfacial phenomena. The inner surfaces of the microcapillaries were modified with octadecyltrichlorosilane to promote an escaped-radial configuration of LCs. We checked the optical appearance of the capillary-confined LCs under a crossed polarizing microscope and determined their arrangement based on side and top views. We then placed the capillary-confined LCs in contact with non-surfactant and surfactant solutions, producing characteristic textures of two bright lines and a four-petal shape, respectively. We also evaluated the sensitivity, stability, and reusability of the system. Our imaging system was more sensitive than previously reported LC thin film systems. The textures formed in microcapillaries were stable for more than 120 h and the capillaries could be reused at least 10 times. Finally, we successfully applied our system to image the interactions of phospholipids and bivalent metal ions. In summary, we developed a simple, small, portable, sensitive, stable, and reusable experimental system that can be broadly applied to monitor liquid-liquid interfacial phenomena. These results provide valuable information for designs using confined LCs as chemoresponsive materials in optical sensors.

  8. Nematic liquid crystal around a spherical particle: Investigation of the defect structure and its stability using adaptive mesh refinement.

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    Fukuda, Jun-Ichi; Yoneya, Makoto; Yokoyama, Hiroshi

    2004-01-01

    We investigate the orientation profile and the structure of topological defects of a nematic liquid crystal around a spherical particle using an adaptive mesh refinement scheme developed by us previously. The previous work [J. Fukuda et al., Phys. Rev. E 65, 041709 (2002)] was devoted to the investigation of the fine structure of a hyperbolic hedgehog defect that the particle accompanies and in this paper we present the equilibrium profile of the Saturn ring configuration. The radius of the Saturn ring r(d) in units of the particle radius R(0) increases weakly with the increase of Epsilon, the ratio of the nematic coherence length to R(0). Next we discuss the energetic stability of a hedgehog and a Saturn ring. The use of adaptive mesh refinement scheme together with a tensor orientational order parameter Q (alpha, beta) allows us to calculate the elastic energy of a nematic liquid crystal without any assumption of the structure and the energy of the defect core as in the previous similar studies. The reduced free energy of a nematic liquid crystal, F= F/L1RO, with L(1) being the elastic constant, is almost independent of Epsilon in the hedgehog configuration, while it shows a logarithmic dependence in the Saturn ring configuration. This result clearly indicates that the energetic stability of a hedgehog to a Saturn ring for a large particle is definitely attributed to the large defect energy of the Saturn ring with a large radius.

  9. Dielectrophoretic and electrophoretic force analysis of colloidal fullerenes in a nematic liquid-crystal medium

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    Srivastava, Anoop Kumar; Kim, Miyoung; Kim, Sung Min; Kim, Mi-Kyung; Lee, Kyu; Lee, Young Hee; Lee, Myong-Hoon; Lee, Seung Hee

    2009-11-01

    This research focuses on the electrokinetic motion of fullerenes suspended in liquid crystal host medium, which are investigated in the homogeneously aligned nematic liquid crystal cells driven by in-plane field. We investigated the effect of electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic forces and related parameters of the colloidal fullerenes in liquid crystals. The electrophoretic mobility, zeta potential, and critical voltage have been evaluated. Fullerenes suspended in liquid crystal medium migrated toward the positive electrode, but were pulled back in the opposite direction when the polarity was reversed especially at low frequency range (<5Hz) . At higher electric field and higher frequency ranges, the net displacement of fullerenes has been observed. We demonstrate that the dielectrophoretic force dominated the motion in the colloidal fullerenes by a proper analysis of different electrophoretic parameters. In addition, the electrodynamics of fullerenes was explained by applying the theory of the dielectrophoresis and Schwarz’s formula. We propose a model to estimate the density of fullerenes suspended in liquid crystal medium.

  10. First-order character of the smectic-A to chiral nematic transition in chiral liquid-crystal mixtures.

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    Jamée, P; Pitsi, G; Thoen, J

    2003-03-01

    An investigation into the smectic-A to chiral nematic (N'A) transition in liquid crystals is presented by using adiabatic scanning calorimetry (ASC). It is predicted theoretically that chirality drives this transition to first order. This transition is studied in mixtures of the nonchiral liquid crystal octyloxycyanobiphenyl (8OCB) and the chiral 4-(2-methylbutyl)-4(')-cyanobiphenyl (CB15), a system with a large (chiral) nematic region that widens upon increasing the chiral (CB15) fraction. An ASC measurement on pure 8OCB showed no evidence for a latent heat, in agreement with previous ac calorimetric studies, with an upper boundary for the latent heat (if any) of 1.8 J/kg. Since pure 8OCB has no measurable latent heat, and taking into account the widening of the chiral nematic region, the possibility of a continuous to first-order crossover due to the coupling of the nematic and the smectic order parameters, as occurring in several cases of smectic-A to nematic (NA) transitions, can be excluded. However, for all examined mixtures a latent heat could be determined at the smectic-A to chiral nematic transition. This confirms theoretical predictions of the first order character of this transition. Quantitatively, theoretical predictions of the evolution of the entropy discontinuities and latent heats of this transition were not consistent with the experimental results. It was further observed that the transition temperature decreases linearly in agreement with theoretical predictions and a previous ac calorimetric study. Finally, it was observed that the pretransitional specific heat capacity shows an interesting evolution upon increasing chiral fraction, and it may be concluded that any theoretical model based on Landau theory is not sufficient to describe this transition.

  11. A Technique for determining the director pretilt angle in cells with hybrid or homeotropic alignment of a nematic liquid crystal

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    Vakulin, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    A new technique for determining the director pretilt angle in cells with hybrid or homeotropic alignment of a nematic liquid crystal has been developed. To use this technique, it is necessary to experimentally determine the transmission of an optical system in parallel polarizers and maximum transmission of a cell in crossed polarizers. The technique makes it possible to locally control the liquid crystal director alignment on an aligning surface.

  12. Nematic liquid crystals used to control photo-thermal effects in gold nanoparticles

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    Pezzi, Luigia; De Sio, Luciano; Palermo, Giovanna; Veltri, Alessandro; Placido, Tiziana; Curri, Maria Lucia; Tabiryan, Nelson; Umeton, Cesare

    2016-03-01

    We report on photo-thermal effects observed in gold nanoparticles (GNPs) dispersed in Nematic Liquid Crystals (NLCs). Under a suitable optical radiation, GNPs exhibit a strong light absorption/scattering; the effect depends on the refractive index of the medium surrounding the nanoparticles, which can be electrically or optically tuned. In this way, the system represents an ideal nano-source of heat, remotely controllable by light to adjust the temperature at the nanoscale. Photo-induced temperature variations in GNPs dispersed in NLCs have been investigated by implementing a theoretical model based on the thermal heating equation applied to an anisotropic medium; theoretical predictions have been compared with results of experiments carried out in a NLC medium hosting GNPs. Both theory and experiments represent a step forward to understand the physics of heat production at the nanoscale, with applications that range from photonics to nanomedicine.

  13. Defect structure of a nematic liquid crystal around a spherical particle: adaptive mesh refinement approach.

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    Fukuda, Jun-ichi; Yoneya, Makoto; Yokoyama, Hiroshi

    2002-04-01

    We investigate numerically the structure of topological defects close to a spherical particle immersed in a uniformly aligned nematic liquid crystal. To this end we have implemented an adaptive mesh refinement scheme in an axi-symmetric three-dimensional system, which makes it feasible to take into account properly the large length scale difference between the particle and the topological defects. The adaptive mesh refinement scheme proves to be quite efficient and useful in the investigation of not only the macroscopic properties such as the defect position but also the fine structure of defects. It can be shown that a hyperbolic hedgehog that accompanies a particle with strong homeotropic anchoring takes the structure of a ring.

  14. Optical transmission decay dynamics in dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal cells

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    Konshina, E. A.; Fedorov, M. A.; Amosova, L. P.; Isaev, M. V.; Kostomarov, D. S.

    2008-05-01

    We have experimentally studied the S-effect dynamics in a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal (NLC) cell. It is demonstrated that the optical transmission rise and decay times depend on the mode of control over the NLC director orientation in an applied electric field, including the rectangular (square-wave) dc voltage pulses and sinusoidal low-and high-frequency addressing schemes. It is established that the presence of a thin dielectric layer of amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) at the NLC boundary can decrease by an order of magnitude the transmission decay time under the action of a high-frequency voltage as compared to the case of natural elastic relaxation in a cell where only the rise time is controlled.

  15. Influence of modified detonation nanodiamonds on electrooptical properties of nematic liquid crystals

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    Vashkevich, Vera; Lapanik, Valeri; Minko, Anatoly

    2016-08-01

    To modify the structure of detonation nanodiamonds (DNDs) several carboxylate groups were added to DNDs. Activation of COOH-surface functionalized groups allowed attaching of various organic tails to molecules. It was investigated that dielectric and electrooptical properties of nematic liquid crystalline mixtures (LCMs) doped with modified DNDs (MDNDs). It is established that the effect of DNDs on mesomorphic, dielectric and electrooptical properties depends on the size of nanoparticles (NPs) and the type of tail-like organic molecules grafted to DNDs. It is found that NPs of a small size (5-6 nm) do not significantly affect on the parameters of LCMs. At the same time conglomerates of a larger size (50 and 100 nm) depending on the tails polarity can increase or decrease the dielectric anisotropy and response time of LCMs in about 1.2-1.4 times.

  16. Long-time behavior of solution for the compressible nematic liquid crystal flows in R3

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    Gao, Jincheng; Tao, Qiang; Yao, Zheng-an

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we investigate the global existence and long-time behavior of classical solution for the compressible nematic liquid crystal flows in three-dimensional whole space. First of all, the global existence of classical solution is established under the condition that the initial data are close to the constant equilibrium state in HN (R3) (N ≥ 3)-framework. Then, one establishes algebraic time decay for the classical solution by weighted energy method. Finally, the algebraic decay rate of classical solution in Lp (R3)-norm with 2 ≤ p ≤ ∞ and optimal decay rate of their spatial derivative in L2 (R3)-norm are obtained if the initial perturbation belong to L1 (R3) additionally.

  17. Nonstandard electroconvection with Hopf bifurcation in a nematic liquid crystal with negative electric anisotropies.

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    Tóth-Katona, Tibor; Cauquil-Vergnes, Aude; Eber, Nándor; Buka, Agnes

    2007-06-01

    Electric-field-driven pattern formation has been investigated in a nematic liquid crystal with negative dielectric and conductivity anisotropies. Despite the fact that the standard Carr-Helfrich theory predicts no hydrodynamic instability for such compound, experiments reveal convection patterns which we call nonstandard electroconvection (ns-EC). In this work, we characterize the ns-EC patterns by measuring the frequency, thickness, and temperature dependence of the threshold voltage, wave number, roll orientation, etc., and compare them with the standard-EC (s-EC) characteristics. For the first time, we report traveling rolls in ns-EC, and we give the dependence of the Hopf frequency on the driving frequency, temperature, and sample thickness. Finally, we discuss possible sources for the existence of these patterns.

  18. Influence of interface stabilisers and surrounding aqueous phases on nematic liquid crystal shells.

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    Noh, JungHyun; Reguengo De Sousa, Kevin; Lagerwall, Jan P F

    2016-01-14

    We investigate the nematic-isotropic (N-I) transition in shells of the liquid crystal 5CB, surrounded by aqueous phases that conventionally are considered to be immiscible with 5CB. The aqueous phases contain either sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as stabiliser, the former additionally promoting homeotropic director alignment. For all shell configurations we find a depression of the clearing point compared to pure 5CB, indicating that a non-negligible fraction of the constituents of the surrounding phases enter the shell, predominantly water. In hybrid-aligned shells, with planar outer and homeotropic inner boundary (or vice versa), the N-I transition splits into two steps, with a consequent three-step textural transformation. We explain this as a result of the order-enhancing effect of a monolayer of radially aligned SDS molecules adsorbed at the homeotropic interface. PMID:26512764

  19. Homeotropic orientation behavior of nematic liquid crystals induced by copper ions.

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    Li, Guang; Gao, Bin; Yang, Meng; Chen, Long-Cong; Xiong, Xing-Liang

    2015-06-01

    A homeotropic ordering film of nematic liquid crystal (LC) induced by copper ions (Cu(2+)) had been developed. The Cu(ClO4)2 was directly spin-coated on the glass substrate without any other chemical modification. A homeotropic orientation of LC thin-film was generated by the interfacial chemical interaction between nitrile-containing LC and copper ions on the surface. Results showed that an appropriate density of Cu(2+) could shorten the response time of orientation, but a shelf-time was prolonged. The LC film fabrication not only offered a simple process, but also presented a great repeatability to detect organophosphonates (DMMP). This study provided guidance for the design of LC films responding to organic molecules as a biosensor. PMID:25935262

  20. Fluctuating hydrodynamics of nematics for models of liquid-crystal based biosensors via lattice Boltzmann simulations

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    Guzman, Orlando; Velez, Jose Antonio; Castañeda, David

    2008-03-01

    Experimental biosensors based on liquid crystals (LC) use nematics to detect the presence of specific analytes, via the optical textures exhibited by the LC at long times. Efforts to model the time evolution of these textures have relied on relaxational models, ignoring transport phenomena. In this work we include hydrodynamics into a model for these LC biosensors, using lattice Boltzmann (LB) methods and assess the effect on the lifetime of multidomain structures, characteristic of high concentrations of analyte. We apply Yeoman's et al. LB algorithm, which reproduces the hydrodynamic equations developed by Beris and Edwards for LCs. We also take into account thermal fluctuations, by adding random perturbations to the hydrodynamic modes. Following Adhikari et al., their amplitude is determined by the Fluctuation-Dissipation theorem and we excite both hydrodynamic and the sub-hydrodynamic modes (also called ghost modes). As a result, we analyze the influence of the fluctuations and hydrodynamics on the movement of topological defects.

  1. Anisotropic shift of surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles doped in nematic liquid crystal.

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    Choudhary, Amit; Li, Guoqiang

    2014-10-01

    Study of the liquid crystal (LC) director around nanoparticles has been an important topic of research very recently, since it allows design and fabrication of next-generation LC devices that are impossible in the past. In our experiment, alkanethiol-capped gold nanoparticles (GNPs) were dispersed in nematic LC. Analysis of the LC director around GNPs was performed by investigating the behavior of surface plasmon polariton (SPP) absorption peaks of the GNPs using spectrophotometry technique. It is found that the incident linearly polarized light orientated at 0°, 45°, and 90° angles with respect to the rubbing direction experiences varying interaction with the LC medium. The corresponding transmission of light reveals the anisotropic shift in wavelength of SPP peak. The anisotropic behavior of SPPs of the GNPs is in agreement with theoretical calculations. PMID:25322010

  2. Photo-thermal effects in gold nanoparticles dispersed in thermotropic nematic liquid crystals.

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    Pezzi, Luigia; De Sio, Luciano; Veltri, Alessandro; Placido, Tiziana; Palermo, Giovanna; Comparelli, Roberto; Curri, Maria Lucia; Agostiano, Angela; Tabiryan, Nelson; Umeton, Cesare

    2015-08-21

    The last few years have seen a growing interest in the ability of metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) to control temperature at the nanoscale. Under a suitable optical radiation, MNPs feature an enhanced light absorption/scattering, thus turning into an ideal nano-source of heat, remotely controllable by means of light. In this framework, we report our recent efforts on modeling and characterizing the photo-thermal effects observed in gold nanoparticles (GNPs) dispersed in thermotropic Liquid Crystals (LCs). Photo-induced temperature variations in GNPs dispersed in Nematic LCs (NLCs) have been studied by implementing an ad hoc theoretical model based on the thermal heating equation applied to an anisotropic medium. Theoretical predictions have been verified by performing photo-heating experiments on a sample containing a small percentage of GNPs dispersed in NLCs. Both theory and experiments represent an important achievement in understanding the physics of heat transfer at the nanoscale, with applications ranging from photonics to nanomedicine.

  3. Nematic liquid crystals in a spatially step-wise magnetic field

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    Napoli, Gaetano; Scaraggi, Michele

    2016-01-01

    We study the molecular reorientation induced by a textured external field in a nematic liquid crystal (nLC). In particular, we consider an infinitely wide cell with strong planar anchoring boundary conditions, subjected to a spatially periodic piecewise magnetic field. In the framework of the Frank's continuum theory, we use the perturbation analysis to study in detail the field-induced splay-bend Fréedericksz transition. A numerical approach, based on the finite differences method, is instead employed to solve the fully nonlinear equations. At high field strengths, an analytic approach allows us to draw the bulk profile of the director in terms of elliptic integrals. Finally, through the application of the Bruggeman texture hydrodynamics theory, we qualitatively discuss on the LCs piecewise director configuration under sliding interfaces, which can be adopted to actively regulate friction. Our study opens the pathway for the application of highly controlled nLC texturing for tribotronics.

  4. Relaxation with long-period oscillation in defect turbulence of planar nematic liquid crystals

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    Narumi, Takayuki; Mikami, Yosuke; Nagaya, Tomoyuki; Okabe, Hirotaka; Hara, Kazuhiro; Hidaka, Yoshiki

    2016-10-01

    Through experiments, we studied defect turbulence, a type of spatiotemporal chaos in planar systems of nematic liquid crystals, to clarify the chaotic advection of weak turbulence. In planar systems of large aspect ratio, structural relaxation, which is characterized by the dynamic structure factor, exhibits a long-period oscillation that is described well by a combination of a simple exponential relaxation and underdamped oscillation. The simple relaxation arises as a result of the roll modulation while the damped oscillation is manifest in the repetitive gliding of defect pairs in a local area. Each relaxation is derived analytically by the projection operator method that separates turbulent transport into a macroscopic contribution and fluctuations. The analysis proposes that the two relaxations are not correlated. The nonthermal fluctuations of defect turbulence are consequently separated into two independent Markov processes. Our approach sheds light on diversity and universality from a unified viewpoint for weak turbulence.

  5. Anisotropic shift of surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles doped in nematic liquid crystal

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    Choudhary, Amit; Li, Guoqiang

    2014-01-01

    Study of the liquid crystal (LC) director around nanoparticles has been an important topic of research very recently, since it allows design and fabrication of next-generation LC devices that are impossible in the past. In our experiment, alkanethiol-capped gold nanoparticles (GNPs) were dispersed in nematic LC. Analysis of the LC director around GNPs was performed by investigating the behavior of surface plasmon polariton (SPP) absorption peaks of the GNPs using spectrophotometry technique. It is found that the incident linearly polarized light orientated at 0°, 45°, and 90° angles with respect to the rubbing direction experiences varying interaction with the LC medium. The corresponding transmission of light reveals the anisotropic shift in wavelength of SPP peak. The anisotropic behavior of SPPs of the GNPs is in agreement with theoretical calculations. PMID:25322010

  6. Wavelength, temperature, and voltage dependent calibration of a nematic liquid crystal multispectral polarization generating device

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    Baba, Justin S; Boudreaux, Philip R

    2007-01-01

    Rapid calibration of liquid crystal variable retarder (LCVR) devices is critical for successful clinical implementation of a LC-based Mueller matrix imaging system being developed for noninvasisve skin cancer detection. For multispectral implementation of such a system, the effect of wavelength (), temperature (T), and voltage (V) on the retardance () required to generate each desired polarization state needs to be clearly understood. Calibration involves quantifying this interdependence such that for a given set of system input variables, T, the appropriate voltage is applied across a LC cell to generate a particular retardance. This paper presents findings that elucidate the dependence of voltage, for a set retardance, on the aforementioned variables for a nematic LC cell: 253 mv100 nm-dependence andd 10 mVC T-dependence. Additionally, an empirically derived model is presented that enables initial voltage calibration of retardance for any desired input wavelength within the calibration range of 460-905 nm. copyright 2007 Optical Society of America

  7. Separation-independent attractive force between like particles mediated by nematic-liquid-crystal distortions.

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    Fukuda, Jun-Ichi; Yokoyama, Hiroshi

    2005-04-15

    We investigate numerically with the aid of the Landau-de Gennes continuum theory the interaction between two spherical particles carrying the same topological charges +1 mediated by the elastic distortion of a nematic liquid crystal. We consider the case where an escaped nontopological ring disclination is situated between the particles; the director is continuous everywhere and no counterdefects are present. We find that the interaction is attractive and its potential energy depends linearly on the interparticle distance D. This behavior yields the D-independent interaction force, which was observed experimentally by Poulin, Cabuil, and Weitz [Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4862 (1997)] in the presence of narrow strings of birefringent regions ("bubble-gum" configuration) between the particles. PMID:15904120

  8. Electric method for studying reorientation dynamics of the nematic liquid crystal director

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    Shcherbinin, D. P.; Vakulin, D. A.; Konshina, E. A.

    2016-07-01

    A method has been proposed for studying the reorientation dynamics of the nematic liquid crystal (NLC) director using the results of measurements of the electric response of an LC cell. The simulation of the time dependences of the current in an LC cell with a homogeneous orientation is carried out upon variation of the applied voltage, the initial tilt angle of the director, dielectric anisotropy, and the elasticity coefficient, as well as the dynamic viscosity, density, and ion mobility in the NLC. A comparison of the experimental and computational curves of the electric response for NLC 5CB shows their good agreement. The method makes it possible to monitor the steady-state current, the density, and the ion mobility in NLCs.

  9. Optically isotropic liquid crystal media formulated by doping star-shaped cyclic oligosiloxane liquid crystal surfactants in twin nematic liquid crystals.

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    Kim, Namil; Kim, Dae-Yoon; Park, Minwook; Choi, Yu-Jin; Kim, Soeun; Lee, Seung Hee; Jeong, Kwang-Un

    2015-05-21

    The formation of optically isotropic liquid crystal (LC) media has been investigated by doping the star-shaped LC molecular surfactants (SiLC) into the rod-shaped twin LC host molecules (DiLC). The experimental phase diagram was constructed on the basis of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and then a theoretical calculation was conducted through a combined Flory-Huggins (FH)/Maier-Saupe-McMillan (MSM)/phase field (PF) model to account for the experimental results. The phase diagram of the SiLC/DiLC mixtures revealed the broad coexistence regions such as smectic A + crystal (SmA1 + Cr2), liquid + crystal (L1 + Cr2), and liquid + nematic (L1 + N2) at the intermediate composition along with the narrow single phase crystal (Cr2), smectic (SmA1), and nematic (N2) regions. The morphologies and structures of these coexistence regions were further confirmed by polarized optical microscopy (POM) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). At the 80/20 SiLC/DiLC composition, the optical anisotropy was induced under an alternating current (AC) electric field above its isotropization temperature. The formation of an optically isotropic LC medium in mixtures of the SiLC molecular surfactants and nematic LC host may allow us to develop new electro-optical devices.

  10. Spectral investigation of nematic liquid crystals with high optical anisotropy at THz frequency range

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    Chodorow, U.; Parka, J.; Garbat, K.; Pałka, N.; Czupryński, K.

    2012-04-01

    Liquid crystals (LCs) with high optical anisotropy are very desirable for different applications in devices, such as filters, phase shifters, or phase gratings [T. Göbel, P. Meissner, A. Gaebler, M. Koeberle, S. Mueller, and R. Jakoby, Dual-Frequency Switching Liquid Crystal Based Tunable THz Filter, CLEO, Baltimore, MD, 2009; C.-Y. Chen, T.-R. Tsai, C.-L. Pan, and R.-P. Pan, Room temperature terahertz phase shifter based on magnetically controlled birefringence in liquid crystals, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83 (2003), pp. 4497-4499; and C.-J. Lin, C.-H. Lin, Y.-T. Li, R.-P. Pan, and C.-L. Pan, Electrically controlled liquid crystal phase grating for terahertz waves, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21 (2009), pp. 730-732]. We present spectral studies of LCs with large optical anisotropy in the range from 0.3 to 3 THz. Nematic LC mixtures which have Δn > 0.30 for visible frequency range, i.e., 1825 (Δn = 0.42 at 633 nm) were measured. Properties of LC materials like birefringence, absorption coefficients, and refractive indices for ordinary and extraordinary polarization in THz range were obtained. Orientation of LC was done by a high electric field. Measurements were performed using a TDS spectra 3000 spectrometer.

  11. Observation of shear-induced nematic-isotropic transition in side-chain liquid crystal polymers

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    Pujolle-Robic, Caroline; Noirez, Laurence

    2001-01-01

    Flow-induced phase transitions are a fundamental (but poorly understood) property of non-equilibrium systems, and are also of practical importance for tuning the processing conditions for plastics, petroleum products, and other related materials. Recognition that polymers may exhibit liquid crystal properties has led to the discovery of the first tailored side-chain liquid crystal polymers (SCLCPs), which are formed by inserting a spacer between the main polymer chain and the lateral mesogen liquid-crystalline graftings. Subsequent research has sought to understand the nature of the coupling between the main polymer chain and the mesogens, with a view to obtaining better control of the properties of these tailored structures. We show here that the parallel or perpendicular orientation of the mesogens with respect to the main chain can be reversed by the application of an external field produced by a shear flow, demonstrating the existence of an isotropic nematic phase transition in SCLCPs. Such a transition, which was theoretically predicted for low-molecular-weight liquid crystals but never observed, is shown to be a general property of SCLCPs too. We expect that these SCLCPs will prove to be good candidate systems for the experimental study of these non-equilibrium phenomena.

  12. Thin film polarizer and color filter based on photo-polymerizable nematic liquid crystal

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    Mohammadimasoudi, Mohammad; Neyts, Kristiaan; Beeckman, Jeroen

    2015-03-01

    We present a method to fabricate a thin film color filter based on a mixture of photo-polymerizable liquid crystal and chiral dopant. A chiral nematic liquid crystal layer reflects light for a certain wavelength interval Δλ (= Δn.P) with the period and Δn the birefringence of the liquid crystal. The reflection band is determined by the chiral dopant concentration. The bandwidth is limited to 80nm and the reflectance is at most 50% for unpolarized incident light. The thin color filter is interesting for innovative applications like polarizer-free reflective displays, polarization-independent devices, stealth technologies, or smart switchable reflective windows to control solar light and heat. The reflected light has strong color saturation without absorption because of the sharp band edges. A thin film polarizer is developed by using a mixture of photo-polymerizable liquid crystal and color-neutral dye. The fabricated thin film absorbs light that is polarized parallel to the c axis of the LC. The obtained polarization ratio is 80% for a film of only 12 μm. The thin film polarizer and the color filter feature excellent film characteristics without domains and can be detached from the substrate which is useful for e.g. flexible substrates.

  13. Superconductivity from a confinement transition out of a fractionalized Fermi liquid with Z2 topological and Ising-nematic orders

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    Chatterjee, Shubhayu; Qi, Yang; Sachdev, Subir; Steinberg, Julia

    2016-07-01

    The Schwinger boson theory of the frustrated square lattice antiferromagnet yields a stable, gapped Z2 spin liquid ground state with time-reversal symmetry, incommensurate spin correlations, and long-range Ising-nematic order. We obtain an equivalent description of this state using fermionic spinons (the fermionic spinons can be considered to be bound states of the bosonic spinons and the visons). Upon doping, the Z2 spin liquid can lead to a fractionalized Fermi liquid (FL*) with small Fermi pockets of electronlike quasiparticles, while preserving the Z2 topological and Ising-nematic orders. We describe a Higgs transition out of this deconfined metallic state into a confining superconducting state which is almost always of the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov type, with spatial modulation of the superconducting order.

  14. Electrorheological effect and electro-optical properties of side-on liquid crystalline polysiloxane in a nematic solvent.

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    Kaneko, Kosuke; Oto, Kodai; Kawai, Toshiaki; Choi, Hyunseok; Kikuchi, Hirotsugu; Nakamura, Naotake

    2013-08-26

    The electrorheological (ER) effect and the electro-optical properties of a ''side-on'' liquid crystalline polysiloxane (PS) are investigated. A large ER effect is observed and the response to the shear stress of neat PS in the nematic phase is shown to be affected by the shear rate. PS is also mixed with a low-molar nematic liquid crystal (5CB) in order to improve the response behavior to the applied electric field. The rheological properties of such mixtures are highly dependent on the concentration of 5CB. The composites respond faster to the applied electric field and have improved electro-optical properties. This study offers a new perspective on the development of liquid crystal materials for the ER effect.

  15. Hierarchical Organization in Liquid Crystal-in-Liquid Crystal Emulsions

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    Mushenheim, Peter C.

    2014-01-01

    We report the formation and characterization of hierarchical ordering in systems comprised of micrometer-sized droplets of thermotropic nematic liquid crystals (LCs) dispersed in continuous nematic phases of a lyotropic chromonic LC (disodium cromoglycate (DSCG)). Significantly, we find the orientations of the two LC phases to be coupled, with nematic droplets of 4′-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB) exhibiting a bipolar configuration with an axis of symmetry aligned orthogonal to the far-field director of the DSCG phase. We determine that this coupling of orientations does not result from either anisometric LC droplet shape or interfacial ionic phenomena but rather is consistent with the influence of van der Waals interactions that arise from the anisotropic polarizabilities of nematic 5CB (Δn = + 0.18) and DSCG (Δn = − 0.02) phases. We also find that it is possible to rotate and uniformly align the nematic droplets by using a weak magnetic field (B ∼ 0.3 T). An analysis of the dynamics of relaxation of the orientations of the 5CB droplets following removal of the magnetic field reveals the DSCG and 5CB droplets to be coupled by energies of ∼104kT, consistent with a simple theoretical estimate of the influence of anisotropic van der Waals interactions. We also observed the nematic 5CB droplets to form dimers and larger assemblies mediated by the elasticity of the nematic DSCG. Overall, these results reveal that LC-in-LC emulsions define a new class of hierarchically ordered soft matter in which both thermotropic and lyotropic LCs are coupled in their ordering. PMID:25278032

  16. Spherical particle immersed in a nematic liquid crystal: Effects of confinement on the director field configurations

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    Grollau, S.; Abbott, N. L.; de Pablo, J. J.

    2003-01-01

    The effects of confinement on the director field configurations are studied for a spherical particle immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. The liquid crystal is confined in a cylindrical geometry and the particle is located on the axis of symmetry. A finite element method is used to minimize the Frank free energy for various sizes of the system. The liquid crystal is assumed to possess strong anchoring at all the surfaces in the system. Two structures are examined for strong homeotropic anchoring at the surface of the particle: configuration with a Saturn ring disclination line and configuration with a satellite point defect (hedgehog defect). It is shown that the equilibrium locations of the Saturn ring and of the hedgehog point defect change with confinement. It is also found that confinement induces an increase in the elastic free energy that differs substantially with the type of topological defect under consideration. In particular, the evaluation of the total free energy that includes an approximate contribution for the core defect shows that, for micrometer-sized particles in confined systems, the Saturn ring configuration appears to be more stable than the hedgehog defect. This result is in contrast to the bulk situation, where the hedgehog is more stable than the Saturn ring, and it helps explain recent experimental observations of Saturn ring defects around confined micrometer-sized solid particles.

  17. Models for ionic contribution to the complex dielectric constant of nematic liquid crystals.

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    Alexe-Ionescu, A L; Barbero, G; Lelidis, I

    2009-12-01

    We analyze the models that account the ionic contribution to the complex dielectric constant of a nematic liquid crystal. We compare the predictions of the model of [Sawada, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. Sci. Technol., Sect. A 318, 225 (1998)] based on the assumption that the electric field in the liquid coincides with the applied one, with the model of Macdonald where the electric field in the sample is determined in self-consistent manner by solving the equation of Poisson. We show that the model of Sawada , widely used to determine the bulk density of ions and their diffusion coefficient in liquid crystal cells, predicts a thickness dependence of the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant different from that predicted by the model of Macdonald. On the contrary, the predictions of the two models coincide for what concerns the frequency dependencies of the two components of the dielectric constant. By considering a typical case, we show that the numerical values of the ionic properties derived by means of the model of Sawada may differ even more than 1 order of magnitude by those predicted by the model of Macdonald. A rescaling procedure allowing to evaluate the bulk density of ions and the ionic diffusion coefficient determined by means of the model of Sawada in agreement with the one of Macdonald is proposed.

  18. Interactions of carbon nanotubes in a nematic liquid crystal. I. Theory.

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    Galerne, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Elongated and rodlike objects such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are studied when immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. Their interaction energy in a uniform nematic field depends on their orientation relative to the director n, and its minimum determines if they stabilize parallel or perpendicular to n. Using free energy calculations, we deduce the orientation at equilibrium that they choose in a uniform director field n or when they are in contact with a splay-bend disclination line. Naturally, the CNT orientations also depend on the anchoring conditions at their surface. Essentially, three types of anchorings are considered, planar, homeotropic, and Janus anchorings in the cases of weak and strong anchoring strengths. In the presence of a splay-bend disclination line, they are attracted toward it and ultimately, they get out of the colloidal dispersion to stick on it. Their orientation relative to the line is found to be parallel or perpendicular to it, again depending on the anchoring conditions. When a sufficient number of particles are deposited on a disclination line, we finally obtain a micro- or nanonecklace in the shape of a thin thread or of a bottle brush, according to the CNTs being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the disclination line, respectively. The system exhibits a rich versatility even if up to now the weak anchorings appear to be difficult to control. As discussed in the associated experimental paper, these necklaces could be a step toward interesting applications for realizing nanowires self-connected in three dimensions to predesignated electrodes. This method could provide a way to increase the number of transistors that may be connected together on a small volume. PMID:27176361

  19. Interactions of carbon nanotubes in a nematic liquid crystal. I. Theory

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    Galerne, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Elongated and rodlike objects such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are studied when immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. Their interaction energy in a uniform nematic field depends on their orientation relative to the director n , and its minimum determines if they stabilize parallel or perpendicular to n . Using free energy calculations, we deduce the orientation at equilibrium that they choose in a uniform director field n or when they are in contact with a splay-bend disclination line. Naturally, the CNT orientations also depend on the anchoring conditions at their surface. Essentially, three types of anchorings are considered, planar, homeotropic, and Janus anchorings in the cases of weak and strong anchoring strengths. In the presence of a splay-bend disclination line, they are attracted toward it and ultimately, they get out of the colloidal dispersion to stick on it. Their orientation relative to the line is found to be parallel or perpendicular to it, again depending on the anchoring conditions. When a sufficient number of particles are deposited on a disclination line, we finally obtain a micro- or nanonecklace in the shape of a thin thread or of a bottle brush, according to the CNTs being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the disclination line, respectively. The system exhibits a rich versatility even if up to now the weak anchorings appear to be difficult to control. As discussed in the associated experimental paper, these necklaces could be a step toward interesting applications for realizing nanowires self-connected in three dimensions to predesignated electrodes. This method could provide a way to increase the number of transistors that may be connected together on a small volume.

  20. Photopyroelectric ac calorimetric study of the nematic-smectic-A phase-transition line in binary liquid crystal mixtures with injected smectic-A phases.

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    Caerels, J; Glorieux, C; Thoen, J

    2002-03-01

    Using a recently developed photopyroelectric ac calorimetric technique we investigate two binary liquid crystal mixtures with so-called injected smectic-A phases. Characteristic of these systems is the occurrence of nematic-to-smectic-A transition lines in the phase diagram of mixtures of pure compounds having only a nematic phase. The two binary systems are pentylcyanobiphenyl with either 4-n-propylcyclohexyl-carboxylate or 4-n-pentylphenyl 4(')-n-pentyloxybenzoate. Both these systems have domelike smectic-A ranges with narrow nematic ranges at the top. Near the top the N-SmA transitions are of first order and are crossing over to second order at a tricritical point on either side of the top with the increasing width of the nematic range. The obtained critical exponents are almost completely Fisher renormalized because of the strong concentration dependence of the nematic-to-smectic-A transition temperatures.

  1. Micro-wires self-assembled and 3D-connected with the help of a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Agha, H; Fleury, J-B; Galerne, Y

    2012-09-01

    We discuss a method for producing automatic 3D connections at right places between substrates in front of one another. The idea is based on the materialization of disclination lines working as templates. The lines are first created in the nematic liquid crystal (5CB) at the very place where microwires have to be synthesized. Due to their anchoring properties, colloids dispersed into the nematic phase produce orientational distortions around them. These distortions, which may be considered as due to topological charges, result in a nematic force, able to attract the colloids towards the disclinations. Ultimately, the particles get trapped onto them, forming micro- or nano-necklaces. Before being introduced in the nematic phase, the colloids are covered with an adhering and conducting polypyrrole film directly synthesized at the surface of the particles (heterogeneous polymerization). In this manner, the particles become conductive so that we may finally perform an electropolymerization of pyrrole monomers solved in 5CB, and definitely stick the whole necklace. The electric connection thus synthesized is analyzed by AFM, and its strength is checked by means of hydrodynamic tests. This wiring method could allow Moore's law to overcome the limitations that arise when down-sizing the electronic circuits to nanometer scale.

  2. Hydrophobic gold nanoparticles via silane conjugation: chemically and thermally robust nanoparticles as dopants for nematic liquid crystals.

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    Mirzaei, Javad; Urbanski, Martin; Kitzerow, Heinz-S; Hegmann, Torsten

    2013-04-13

    We examine for the first time how chemically and thermally stable gold nanoparticles (NPs), prepared by a silane conjugation approach, affect both the thermal and the electro-optical properties of a nematic liquid crystal (LC), when doped at concentrations ranging from 0.25 to 7.5 wt%. We find that the octadecylsilane-conjugated gold NPs stabilize both the enantiotropic nematic and the monotropic smectic-A phases of the LC host with a maximum stabilization of 2(°)C for the nematic and 3.5(°)C for the smectic-A phases for the mixture containing 1 wt% of the silanized particles. The same mixture shows the lowest values for the Fréedericksz transition threshold voltage and the highest value for the dielectric anisotropy. Generally, all NP-containing mixtures, except mixtures with NP concentrations exceeding 5 wt%, reduce the threshold voltage, increase the dielectric anisotropy and reduce both rise and decay time; the latter particularly at temperatures at least 10(°)C below the isotropic-nematic phase transition on cooling.

  3. Matched elastic constants for a perfect helical planar state and a fast switching time in chiral nematic liquid crystals.

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    Yu, Meina; Zhou, Xiaochen; Jiang, Jinghua; Yang, Huai; Yang, Deng-Ke

    2016-05-11

    Chiral nematic liquid crystals possess a self-assembled helical structure and exhibit unique selective reflection in visible and infrared light regions. Their optical properties can be electrically tuned. The tuning involves the unwinding and restoring of the helical structure. We carried out an experimental study on the mechanism of the restoration of the helical structure. We constructed chiral nematic liquid crystals with variable elastic constants by doping bent-dimers and studied their impact on the restoration. With matched twist and bend elastic constants, the helical structure can be restored dramatically fast from the field-induced homeotropic state. Furthermore, defects can be eliminated to produce a perfect planar state which exhibits high selective reflection.

  4. Critical behavior at the isotropic-to-nematic phase transition in a bent-core liquid crystal

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    Wiant, D.; Stojadinovic, S.; Neupane, K.; Sharma, S.; Fodor-Csorba, K.; Jákli, A.; Gleeson, J. T.; Sprunt, S.

    2006-03-01

    Magnetic birefringence and dynamic light scattering measurements of orientational order parameter fluctuations at the isotropic-nematic phase transition of a bent-core liquid crystal reveal a pretransitional temperature dependence consistent with the standard Landau-deGennes mean field theory. However, as follows: the transition in the bent-core compound is more weakly first order (TNI-T*≈0.4°C) , the leading Landau coefficient is ˜30 times lower, the viscosity associated with nematic order fluctuations is ˜10 times higher, and the density change is ˜10 times lower, than typically observed in calamitic (rod-shaped) liquid crystals. One consistent explanation for these anomalies is an optically isotropic phase composed of microscopic complexes or “clusters” of bent-core molecules.

  5. Electronic structure and pair potential energy analysis of 4-n-methoxy-4'-cyanobiphenyl: A nematic liquid crystal

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    Sharma, Dipendra; Dwivedi, M. K.; Tiwari, S. N.

    2016-05-01

    Electronic structure properties of 4-n-methoxy-4'-cyanobiphenyl, a pure nematic liquid crystal have been examined using an ab‒initio, HF/6‒31G(d,p) technique with GAMESS program. Conformational and charge distribution analysis have been carried out. MEP, HOMO and LUMO surfaces have been scanned. Ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity, global hardness and softness of the liquid crystal molecule have been calculated. Further, stacking, side by side and end to end interactions between a molecular pair have been evaluated. Results have been used to elucidate the physico-chemical and liquid crystalline properties of the system.

  6. Pullback attractors of the two-dimensional non-autonomous simplified Ericksen-Leslie system for nematic liquid crystal flows

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    You, Bo; Li, Fang

    2016-08-01

    This paper is concerned with the long-time behaviour of the two-dimensional non-autonomous simplified Ericksen-Leslie system for nematic liquid crystal flows introduced in Lin and Liu (Commun Pure Appl Math, 48:501-537, 1995) with a non-autonomous forcing bulk term and order parameter field boundary conditions. In this paper, we prove the existence of pullback attractors and estimate the upper bound of its fractal dimension under some suitable assumptions.

  7. Nematic long-range ordering of topological defects in active liquid crystals

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    Dunkel, Jorn; Oza, Anand

    2015-11-01

    Identifying the ordering principles of intracellular matter is key to understanding the physics of microbiological systems. Recent experiments demonstrated that ATP-driven microtubule-kinesin bundles can self-assemble into two-dimensional active liquid crystals that exhibit a rich creation and annihilation dynamics of topological defects, reminiscent of particle-pair production processes in quantum systems. This remarkable discovery has sparked considerable theoretical and experimental interest, yet a satisfactory mathematical description remains elusive. Here, we present and validate a continuum theory for this new class of active matter systems by merging universality ideas with the classical Landau-de Gennes theory. The resulting model agrees quantitatively with recently published data and, in particular, predicts correctly a previously unexplained regime of long-range nematic ordering of defects observed in experiments. Our analysis implies that active liquid crystals are governed by the same generic ordering principles that determine the non-equilibrium dynamics of dense bacterial suspensions and elastic bilayer materials. Moreover, the theory suggests an energetic analogy with strongly interacting quantum gases.

  8. Side-polished fiber sensing for determination of azimuthal orientation of nematic liquid crystal

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    Han, Yuqi; Chen, Zhe; Yu, Jianhui; Li, Haozhi; He, Xiaoli

    2013-09-01

    The orientation of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) can be used in biosensor. The sensing characteristics of side-polished fiber (SPF) for determination of azimuthal orientation of NLC have been investigated. The relationship between the azimuthal angle of NLC director and the optical transmission power in SPF was derived by empirical approach. Experimental results showed that the azimuthal transition of liquid crystal affected the optical transmission power in SPF. While the azimuthal angle increased from 0° to 90°, the optical transmission power increased by 28.10dB, which is similar to the variation tendency of the empirical analysis. When it changes from 0° to 30°, the azimuthal angle is linear to the change of optical transmission power. The respondence of azimuthal angle for optical sensing is averagely 0.359dB/°. Experiments indicate that SPF can be used in determination of the azimuzal transition of NLC. It would be used for a new fiber optical biosensor based on the SPF and NLC.

  9. Photorefractivity in nematic liquid crystals doped with a conjugated polymer: Mechanisms for enhanced charge transport

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    Wiederrecht, G.P.; Niemczyk, M.P.; Svec, W.A.; Wasielewski, M.R. |

    1999-06-01

    New organic materials that exhibit photorefractive effects are of wide interest for potential optical signal processing applications. The authors report on a photorefractive nematic liquid crystal composite containing the conjugated polymer poly(2,5-bis(2{prime}-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene), BEH-PPV that exhibits a novel fringe spacing dependent inversion of the polarity of the space-charge field due to competition between the ionic diffusion and charge drift transport mechanisms. A eutectic mixture of 35% (wt %) 4{prime}-(n-octyloxy)-4-cyanobiphenyl, 8OCB, and 65% 4{prime}(n-pentyl)-4-cyanobiphenyl, 5CB, was doped with 10{sup {minus}5} M BEH-PPV (200 kD by GPC), as the electron donor. The molecular weight of the BEH-PPV polymer implies that 500 repeat units of the monomer are present with an extended chain length of 0.35 {micro}m. N,N{prime}-Dioctyl-1,4:5,8-naphthalenediimide, NI, 8 {times} 10{sup {minus}3} M, was added as the electron acceptor. The free energy change for the photoinduced electron-transfer reaction, (BEH-PPV) + NI {yields} (BEH-PPV){sup +} + NI{sup {minus}}, is {minus}1.0 eV. Two other liquid-crystal composites were also studied as controls.

  10. Lasing in a nematic liquid crystal cell with an interdigitated electrode system

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    Shtykov, N. M.; Palto, S. P.; Umanskii, B. A.; Geivandov, A. R.

    2015-04-01

    Waveguide lasing in a layer of a dye-doped nematic liquid crystal has been observed. The liquid-crystal layer was sandwiched between a quartz substrate and a glass cover plate on whose surface was deposited an interdigitated electrode system. This system had a period of 3.75 μm and played a dual role, namely, it created a spatial periodicity of the waveguide medium refractive index (thus creating distributed feedback) and served as a diffraction grating coupling out a part of waveguide radiation into the glass cover plate. The distributed feedback ensured lasing in the 18th diffraction order for the TE modes and in the 19th order for the TM modes of the waveguide. The generated radiation was observed at the exit from the glass plate end face at the angles to the waveguide plane of 33.1 +/- 1.5° for TM modes and 21.8 +/- 1.8° for TE modes. The intensity and position of the TE emission line showed no regular dependence on the voltage on the electrodes. In the case of TM radiation, an increase in the voltage led to a short-wavelength shift of the laser line and to a decrease in its intensity.

  11. Controlling the nanostructure of gold nanorod-lyotropic liquid-crystalline hybrid materials using near-infrared laser irradiation.

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    Fong, Wye-Khay; Hanley, Tracey L; Thierry, Benjamin; Kirby, Nigel; Waddington, Lynne J; Boyd, Ben J

    2012-10-01

    Lipid-based liquid-crystalline matrixes provide a unique prospect for stimuli-responsive nanomaterials, attributed to the ability to effect self-assembly of the lipids at the molecular level. Differences in liquid crystal nanostructure have previously been shown to change drug diffusion and hence release, with research progressing toward the use of in situ changes to nanostructure to control drug release. Toward this goal, we have previously communicated the ability to switch between nonlamellar structures using gold nanorod (GNR)-phytantriol-based liquid-crystalline hybrid nanomaterials as near-infrared light responsive systems (Fong et al. Langmuir 2010, 26, 6136-6139). In this study, the effect of laser activation on matrix nanostructure with changes in a number of system variables including lipid composition, GNR aspect ratio, GNR concentration, and laser pulse time were investigated. The nanostructure of the matrix was followed using small-angle X-ray scattering, while both cryoFESEM and cryoTEM were used to visualize the effect of GNR incorporation into the liquid crystal nanostructure. The system response was found to be dependent on all variables, thus demonstrating the potential of these nanocomposite materials as reversible "on-demand" drug delivery applications.

  12. Molecular dynamics simulation of the nematic liquid crystal phase in the presence of an intense magnetic field

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    Satoh, Katsuhiko

    2006-04-01

    The influence of an intense external field on the dynamics of the nematic liquid crystal phase is investigated using a molecular dynamics simulation for the Gay-Berne nematogen under isobaric-isothermal conditions. The molecular dynamics as a function of the second-rank orientational order parameter ⟨P2⟩ for a system consisting of a nematic liquid crystal in the presence of an intense magnetic field is compared with that of a similar system without the field. The translational motion of molecules is determined as a function of the translational diffusion coefficient tensor and the anisotropy and compared with the values predicted theoretically. The rotational dynamics of molecules is analyzed using the first- and the second-rank orientational time correlation functions. The translational diffusion coefficient parallel with respect to the director is constrained by the intense field, although the perpendicular one is decreased as the ⟨P2⟩ is increased, just as it is in the system without the field. However, no essential effect of the strong magnetic field is observed in the rotational molecular dynamics. Further, the rotational diffusion coefficient parallel with respect to the director obtained from the first-rank orientational time correlation function in the simulation is qualitatively in agreement with that in the real nematic liquid crystalline molecules. The ⟨P2⟩ dependence of the rotational diffusion coefficient for the system with the intense magnetic field shows a tendency similar to that for the system without the field.

  13. Short-range smectic fluctuations and the flexoelectric model of modulated nematic liquid crystals.

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    Vaupotič, Nataša; Curk, Samo; Osipov, Mikhail A; Čepič, Mojca; Takezoe, Hideo; Gorecka, Ewa

    2016-02-01

    We show that the flexoelectric model of chiral and achiral modulated nematics predicts the compression modulus that is by orders of magnitude lower than the measured values. The discrepancy is much larger in the chiral modulated nematic phase, in which the measured value of the compression modulus is of the same order of magnitude as in achiral modulated nematics, even though the heliconical pitch is by an order of magnitude larger. The relaxation of a one-constant approximation in the biaxial elastic model used for chiral modulated nematics does not solve the problem. Therefore, we propose a structural model of the modulated nematic phase, which is consistent with the current experimental evidence and can also explain large compression modulus: the structure consists of short-range smectic clusters with a fourfold symmetry and periodicity of two molecular distances. In chiral systems, chiral interactions lead to a helicoidal structure of such clusters.

  14. Anomalous viscoelasticity near the isotropic-nematic phase transition in liquid crystals.

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    Jose, Prasanth P; Bagchi, Biman

    2004-10-01

    Recent optical Kerr effect experiments have shown that orientational relaxation of nematogens shows a pronounced slow down of the response function at intermediate times and also a power law decay near the isotropic-nematic (I-N) transition. In many aspects, this behavior appears to be rather similar to the ones observed in the supercooled liquid near-glass transition. We have performed molecular dynamics simulations of model nematogens (Gay-Berne with aspect ratio 3) to explore the viscoelasticity near the I-N transition and also investigated the correlation of viscoelasticity (if any) with orientational relaxation. It is found that although the viscosity indeed undergoes a somewhat sharper than normal change near the I-N transition, it is not characterized by any divergence-like behavior (like the ones observed in the supercooled liquid). The rotational friction, on the other hand, shows a much sharper rise as the I-N transition is approached. Interestingly, the probability distribution of the amplitude of the three components of the stress tensor shows anisotropy near the I-N transition-similar anisotropy has also been seen in the deeply supercooled liquid. Frequency dependence of viscosity shows several unusual behaviors: (a) There is a weak, power law dependence on frequency [eta(')(omega) approximately omega(-alpha)] at low frequencies and (b) there is a rapid increase in the sharp peak observed in eta(')(omega) in the intermediate frequency on approach to the I-N transition density. These features can be explained from the stress-stress time correlation function. The angular velocity correlation function also exhibits a power law decay in time. The reason for this is discussed. PMID:15473759

  15. Molecular ordering in the high-temperature nematic phase of an all-aromatic liquid crystal.

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    Vita, Francesco; Hegde, Maruti; Portale, Giuseppe; Bras, Wim; Ferrero, Claudio; Samulski, Edward T; Francescangeli, Oriano; Dingemans, Theo

    2016-02-28

    We report the structural characterization of the nematic phase of 2,6-biphenyl naphthalene (PPNPP). This lath-like all-aromatic mesogen provides a valuable benchmark for classical theories of nematic order. PPNPP exhibits a very high temperature nematic phase (417-489 °C) above an enantiotropic smectic A phase. X-ray diffraction reveals a surprisingly strong tendency towards molecular layering in the nematic phase, indicative of "normal cybotaxis" (i.e. SmA-like stratification within clusters of mesogens). Although stronger at low temperatures, the layering is evident well above the smectic A-nematic transition. The nematic order parameter is evaluated as a function of temperature from the broadening of the wide-angle diffuse diffraction feature. Measured values of the orientational order parameter are slightly larger than those predicted by the Maier-Saupe theory over the entire nematic range except for a narrow region just below the clearing point where they significantly drop below the theoretical prediction.

  16. A molecular design principle of lyotropic liquid-crystalline conjugated polymers with directed alignment capability for plastic electronics.

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    Kim, Bong-Gi; Jeong, Eun Jeong; Chung, Jong Won; Seo, Sungbaek; Koo, Bonwon; Kim, Jinsang

    2013-07-01

    Conjugated polymers with a one-dimensional p-orbital overlap exhibit optoelectronic anisotropy. Their unique anisotropic properties can be fully realized in device applications only when the conjugated chains are aligned. Here, we report a molecular design principle of conjugated polymers to achieve concentration-regulated chain planarization, self-assembly, liquid-crystal-like good mobility and non-interdigitated side chains. As a consequence of these intra- and intermolecular attributes, chain alignment along an applied flow field occurs. This liquid-crystalline conjugated polymer was realized by incorporating intramolecular sulphur-fluorine interactions and bulky side chains linked to a tetrahedral carbon having a large form factor. By optimizing the polymer concentration and the flow field, we could achieve a high dichroic ratio of 16.67 in emission from conducting conjugated polymer films. Two-dimensional grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction was performed to analyse a well-defined conjugated polymer alignment. Thin-film transistors built on highly aligned conjugated polymer films showed more than three orders of magnitude faster carrier mobility along the conjugated polymer alignment direction than the perpendicular direction.

  17. Better Actuation Through Chemistry: Using Surface Coatings to Create Uniform Director Fields in Nematic Liquid Crystal Elastomers.

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    Xia, Yu; Lee, Elaine; Hu, Hao; Gharbi, Mohamed Amine; Beller, Daniel A; Fleischmann, Eva-Kristina; Kamien, Randall D; Zentel, Rudolf; Yang, Shu

    2016-05-18

    Controlling the molecular alignment of liquid crystal monomers (LCMs) within nano- and microstructures is essential in manipulating the actuation behavior of nematic liquid crystal elastomers (NLCEs). Here, we study how to induce uniformly vertical alignment of nematic LCMs within a micropillar array to maximize the macroscopic shape change using surface chemistry. Landau-de Gennes numerical modeling suggests that it is difficult to perfectly align LCMs vertically in every pore within a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) mold with porous channels during soft lithography. In an untreated PDMS mold that provides homeotropic anchoring of LCMs, a radially escaped configuration of LCMs is observed. Vertically aligned LCMs, a preferred configuration for actuation, are only observed when using a PDMS mold with planar anchoring. Guided by the numerical modeling, we coat the PDMS mold with a thin layer of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA), leading to planar anchoring of LCM. Confirmed by polarized optical microscopy, we observe monodomains of vertically aligned LCMs within the mold, in agreement with modeling. After curing and peeling off the mold, the resulting NLCE micropillars showed a relatively large and reversible radial strain (∼30%) when heated above the nematic to isotropic transition temperature. PMID:27152975

  18. Flexoelectric instability and a spontaneous chiral-symmetry breaking in a nematic liquid crystal cell with asymmetric boundary conditions.

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    Palto, S P; Mottram, N J; Osipov, M A

    2007-06-01

    Using both numerical simulations and an approximate analytical theory we describe a flexoelectric-induced instability in a thin nematic liquid crystal layer with asymmetric boundary conditions subjected to an applied electric field. The dependence of the threshold value of the electric field on principal material parameters of the nematic liquid crystal and the director distribution in different regions of the cell have been studied in detail numerically. The results have been compared with a simple analytical theory that enables us to obtain explicit expressions for the threshold electric field and the period of modulation above the threshold. It has been found that in the hybrid aligned nematic cell with homeotropic anchoring on one surface and planar homogeneous anchoring on the other surface, a periodic flexoelectric-induced domain structure appears, above a critical threshold, with a chiral director distribution. The director rotates about the alignment axis when moving along a perpendicular direction in the plane of the cell. The absolute value of the threshold field has been found to depend on the direction of the field due to the initial symmetry of the hybrid aligned cell and the presence of flexoelectricity. PMID:17677283

  19. Better Actuation Through Chemistry: Using Surface Coatings to Create Uniform Director Fields in Nematic Liquid Crystal Elastomers.

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    Xia, Yu; Lee, Elaine; Hu, Hao; Gharbi, Mohamed Amine; Beller, Daniel A; Fleischmann, Eva-Kristina; Kamien, Randall D; Zentel, Rudolf; Yang, Shu

    2016-05-18

    Controlling the molecular alignment of liquid crystal monomers (LCMs) within nano- and microstructures is essential in manipulating the actuation behavior of nematic liquid crystal elastomers (NLCEs). Here, we study how to induce uniformly vertical alignment of nematic LCMs within a micropillar array to maximize the macroscopic shape change using surface chemistry. Landau-de Gennes numerical modeling suggests that it is difficult to perfectly align LCMs vertically in every pore within a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) mold with porous channels during soft lithography. In an untreated PDMS mold that provides homeotropic anchoring of LCMs, a radially escaped configuration of LCMs is observed. Vertically aligned LCMs, a preferred configuration for actuation, are only observed when using a PDMS mold with planar anchoring. Guided by the numerical modeling, we coat the PDMS mold with a thin layer of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA), leading to planar anchoring of LCM. Confirmed by polarized optical microscopy, we observe monodomains of vertically aligned LCMs within the mold, in agreement with modeling. After curing and peeling off the mold, the resulting NLCE micropillars showed a relatively large and reversible radial strain (∼30%) when heated above the nematic to isotropic transition temperature.

  20. Levitation, Lift, and Bidirectional Motion of Colloidal Particles in an Electrically Driven Nematic Liquid Crystal

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    Pishnyak, O. P.; Tang, S.; Kelly, J. R.; Shiyanovskii, S. V.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2007-09-01

    We study electric-field-induced dynamics of colloids in a nematic cell, experimentally and by computer simulations. Solid particles in the nematic bulk create director distortions of dipolar type. Elastic repulsion from the walls keeps the particles in the middle of cell. The ac electric field reorients the dipoles and lifts them to top or bottom, depending on dipole orientation. Once near the walls, the colloids are carried along two antiparallel horizontal directions by nematic backflow. Computer simulations of the backflow agree with the experiment.

  1. Dynamic response of a dual-frequency chiral hybrid aligned nematic liquid-crystal cell.

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    Jewell, S A; Sambles, J R

    2006-01-01

    The dynamic response of a chiral dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid-crystal cell to a multiple frequency pulse has been characterized using a time-resolved fully leaky guided-mode optical characterization technique. On application of a low-frequency voltage the cell is found to switch to homeotropic alignment, effectively destroying the inherent twist in the cell. When this voltage is immediately followed by a high-frequency voltage the structure is driven into a homogeneously aligned twisted structure. Analysis of the response of the director to this change in effective dielectric anisotropy of the material reveals a form of backflow. This arises due to the combination of the coupling between the rotation and flow of the director, the constraining effect of the pitch on the twist in the cell, and the driving of the director into homogeneous alignment. The measured director profiles have been compared to model profiles generated using the Leslie-Eriksen-Parodi nematodynamics theory, and the viscosity coefficients for the material have been determined.

  2. Molecular organization of nematic liquid crystals between concentric cylinders: Role of the elastic anisotropy

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    Chiccoli, C.; Pasini, P.; Evangelista, L. R.; Teixeira-Souza, R. T.; Zannoni, C.

    2015-02-01

    The orientational order in a nematic liquid crystal sample confined to an annular region between two concentric cylinders is investigated by means of lattice Monte Carlo simulations. Strong anchoring and homeotropic orientations, parallel to the radial direction, are implemented at the confining surfaces. The elastic anisotropy is taken into account in the bulk interactions by using the pair potential introduced by Gruhn and Hess [T. Gruhn and S. Hess, Z. Naturforsch. A 51, 1 (1996)] and parametrized by Romano and Luckhurst [S. Romano, Int. J. Mod. Phys. B 12, 2305 (1998), 10.1142/S0217979298001344; Phys. Lett. A 302, 203 (2002), 10.1016/S0375-9601(02)01042-3; G. R. Luckhurst and S. Romano, Liq. Cryst. 26, 871 (1999), 10.1080/026782999204561], i.e., the so-called GHRL potential. In the case of equal elastic constants, a small but appreciable deformation along the cylinder axis direction is observed, whereas when the values of K11/K33 if K22=K33 are low enough, all the spins in the bulk follow the orientation imposed by the surfaces. For larger values of K11/K33 , spontaneous deformations, perpendicular to the polar plane, increase significantly. Our findings indicate that the onset of these deformations also depends on the ratio K22/K33 and on the radius of the cylindrical surfaces. Although expected from the elastic theory, no tangential component of the deformations was observed in the simulations for the set of parameters analyzed.

  3. Homogeneous alignment of nematic liquid crystals by ion beam etched surfaces

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    Wintucky, E. G.; Mahmood, R.; Johnson, D. L.

    1979-01-01

    A wide range of ion beam etch parameters capable of producing uniform homogeneous alignment of nematic liquid crystals on SiO2 films are discussed. The alignment surfaces were generated by obliquely incident (angles of 5 to 25 deg) argon ions with energies in the range of 0.5 to 2.0 KeV, ion current densities of 0.1 to 0.6 mA sq cm and etch times of 1 to 9 min. A smaller range of ion beam parameters (2.0 KeV, 0.2 mA sq cm, 5 to 10 deg and 1 to 5 min.) were also investigated with ZrO2 films and found suitable for homogeneous alignment. Extinction ratios were very high (1000), twist angles were small ( or = 3 deg) and tilt-bias angles very small ( or = 1 deg). Preliminary scanning electron microscopy results indicate a parallel oriented surface structure on the ion beam etched surfaces which may determine alignment.

  4. Dielectric and electro-optic measurements of nematic liquid crystals doped with carbon nanotubes

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    Peterson, Matthew; Georgiev, Georgi; Atherton, Timothy; Cebe, Peggy

    We studied the effects of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the dielectric and electro-optic properties of nematic 5CB liquid crystals (LCs). Samples containing 0.01%, 0.10% and 1.00% CNTs by weight were prepared. Anti- parallel rubbed cells with a nominal thickness of 10 μm were prepared using indium tin oxide coated glass cells and a polyimide alignment layer. The capacitance and dissipation factor were measured using an Agilent 4284A precision LCR meter. From these measurements, the complex dielectric permittivity was determined as a function of frequency. Analysis of the low frequency regime (f <1000 Hz) indicates that 5CB samples containing CNTs have a higher conductance than neat samples. The Fréedericksz transition critical voltage was noted by a sharp increase in capacitance after an initial plateau. Numerical simulations of CNT-facilitated switching show that polarization induced on the nanotubes from capacitive effects can significantly reduce the critical voltage in DC electric fields, in agreement with experimental results. Measurements of the critical voltage over a range of frequencies will also be presented. Research was supported by the National Science Foundation, DMR1206010.

  5. Dynamic response of a dual-frequency chiral hybrid aligned nematic liquid-crystal cell

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    Jewell, S. A.; Sambles, J. R.

    2006-01-01

    The dynamic response of a chiral dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid-crystal cell to a multiple frequency pulse has been characterized using a time-resolved fully leaky guided-mode optical characterization technique. On application of a low-frequency voltage the cell is found to switch to homeotropic alignment, effectively destroying the inherent twist in the cell. When this voltage is immediately followed by a high-frequency voltage the structure is driven into a homogeneously aligned twisted structure. Analysis of the response of the director to this change in effective dielectric anisotropy of the material reveals a form of backflow. This arises due to the combination of the coupling between the rotation and flow of the director, the constraining effect of the pitch on the twist in the cell, and the driving of the director into homogeneous alignment. The measured director profiles have been compared to model profiles generated using the Leslie-Eriksen-Parodi nematodynamics theory, and the viscosity coefficients for the material have been determined.

  6. Highly sensitive and selective glucose sensor based on ultraviolet-treated nematic liquid crystals.

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    Zhong, Shenghong; Jang, Chang-Hyun

    2014-09-15

    Glucose is an extremely important biomolecule, and the ability to sense it has played a significant role in facilitating the understanding of many biological processes. Here, we report a novel glucose sensor based on ultraviolet (UV)-treated nematic liquid crystals. Submerging UV-treated 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) in a glucose solution (while carefully adjusting its pH to 7.5 with NaOH and HCl) triggered an optical response, from dark to bright, observed with a polarized microscope. Notably, 5CB was located inside a glucose oxidase (GOx)-modified gold grid. We exploited this pH-driven phenomenon to design a new glucose sensor. This device could detect as little as 1 pM analyte, which is 3 orders of magnitude lower than the detection limit of the most sensitive glucose sensor currently available. It also exhibits high selectivity due to GOx modification. Thus, this is a promising technique for glucose detection, not only for clinical diagnostics, but also for sensing low levels of glucose in a biological environment (e.g., single cells and bacterial cultures).

  7. Frequency dependence of the onset voltage of electroconvection in the nematic liquid crystal N4

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    Xu, Xiaochao; Bowers, Steve; Bajaj, Kapil; Ahlers, Guenter

    2003-03-01

    Onset voltages Vc of electroconvection in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC) cell were measured as a function of the drive frequency ω/ 2 π. The cell (from E.H.C Co, Ltd Japan) had a nominal spacing of 25 μm and planar alignment. It was filled with the NLC Merck phase IV (N4). The NLC was doped with 0.1% by weight of tetra butylammonium bromide(TBAB) and the conductivity was near 1.0 × 10-6 (Ω m)-1 at 30^oC. At low frequencies (15 to 80Hz) the onset voltage dropped as the frequency increased. This is contrary to the usual interpretation of the standard model which yields Vc (1+ω^2 τ^2)/[ξ^2-(1+ω^2 τ^2)] (ξ is related to NLC material properities), with the charge relaxation time τ=ɛ/ ( 4π σ) assumed to be independent of ω. Measurements at higher frequencies agreed reasonably with the standard model prediction. Further measurements using an AC bridge revealed that the dielectric constant ɛ is strongly frequency dependent at low frequencies, whereas the conductivity σ was roughly constant. Taking into account the frequency dependence of ɛ (and thus of τ), the onset-voltage measurements agreed fairly well with the standard-model prediction.

  8. Fluctuations below a stationary supercritical bifurcation to electroconvection in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Qiu, Xin-Liang; Ahlers, Guenter

    2003-03-01

    We report measurements of thermally driven fluctuations near the onset of electroconvection in a nematic liquid crystal (NLC). The cell (from E.H.C Co, Ltd Japan) had a nominal spacing of 25 μm and planar alignment. It was filled with the NLC Merck phase IV (N4). The NLC was doped with 0.1% by weight of tetra butylammonium bromide(TBAB) and the conductivity was near 9 × 10-7 (Ω m)-1 at 30^oC. The system was driven by an alternating voltage of frequency 25 Hz and amplitude V. The initial bifurcation to electroconvection was supercritical and yielded oblique stationary rolls. For small but negative ɛ ≡ V^2/V_c^2 - 1 the mean-square amplitude of the fluctuations was proportional to |ɛ|^-γ with γ larger than the value γ_LT = 1/2 given by linear theory (LT). This result differs from the one obtained earlier (M.A. Scherer ,G. Ahlers, F. Hörner, and I. Rehberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85), 3754 (2000); M.A. Scherer and G. Ahlers, Phys. Rev. E 65, 051101 (2002) for the NLC 5CB, which undergoes a supercritical Hopf bifurcation to oblique rolls and which yields γ ˜= 0.25 < γ_LT . We conclude that the two systems belong to different universality classes.

  9. Lagrangian chaos and particle diffusion in electroconvection of planar nematic liquid crystals.

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    Hidaka, Yoshiki; Hashiguchi, Megumi; Oikawa, Noriko; Kai, Shoichi

    2015-09-01

    Two types of spatiotemporal chaos in the electroconvection of nematic liquid crystals, such as defect turbulence and spatiotemporal intermittency, have been statistically investigated according to the Lagrangian picture. Here fluctuations are traced using the motion of a single particle driven by chaotic convection. In the defect turbulence (fluctuating normal rolls), a particle is mainly trapped in a roll but sometimes jumps to a neighboring roll. Its activation energy is then obtained from the jumping (hopping) rate. This research clarifies that diffusion in the defect turbulence regime in electroconvection can be regarded as a kind of hopping process. The spatiotemporal intermittency appears as a coexistent state of ordered grid domains and turbulent domains. The motion of a single particle shows weak and strong diffusion, respectively, in the ordered and turbulent domains. The diffusion characteristics intermittently change from one to another with certain durations as the domains change. This research has found that the distribution function of the duration that a particle remains in an ordered area has a power-law decay for which the index is different from that obtained by the Eulerian measurement.

  10. Nematic liquid crystal in the wedge and edge geometry in the case of homeotropic alignment.

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    Poniewierski, A

    2010-02-01

    Nematic liquid crystal confined to a wedge or edge is studied on the assumption that the confining surfaces provide strong and weak homeotropic anchorings, respectively. Both infinite and finite systems are considered. The model based on the Frank-Oseen and Rapini-Papoular formalisms predicts two textures of opposite rotations of the director as in the case of strong anchoring on both surfaces. However, the presence of weak anchoring results in a length scale lambda which characterizes the crossover between the regions close to the apex and far from it. The ratio lambda/b , where b is the extrapolation length, is a function of the opening angle alpha. Both stable and metastable textures are considered and the mechanism by which a texture loses its stability is found. It is related to the formation of a defect-like structure at the surface of weak anchoring whose distance from the apex is lambda(alpha) and the loss of stability is signalled by the divergence of lambda. Only in the limit alpha --> 2tau, the defect-like structure transforms into a defect of strength -1/2 located at a finite distance from the apex. PMID:20195687

  11. Using chemically patterns with different anchoring behavior to control the orientation of nematic liquid crystal

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    Li, Xiao; Armas Perez, Julio; Martinez-Gonzalez, Jose Adrian; Xie, Helou; de Pablo, Juan; Nealey, Paul

    2015-03-01

    We present experimental and theoretical study of nematic liquid crystal (5CB) confined to a thin cell between homeotropic anchoring top surface and chemically patterned planar/homeotropic anchoring bottom substrates. The chemically patterned substrate with different dimensions and ~ 4 nm depth topography induce the 5CB to align as the pattern direction as non-degenerate behavior, until the width of the straight line pattern is too wide to confine the 5CB to one direction and back to degenerate behavior. By changing the width of the straight line pattern, a brightness change of the intensity is shown by their corresponding crossed polarizer images. This change is mainly due to a discontinuity of the average angle between the molecules and the surface in function of line width, which is in excellent agreement with the Landan-de Gennes theory when the balance between the elastic deformation in the bulk and orientation of molecules close to the surface is simulated for different pattern dimensions. An elastic free energy transition is also observed from the numerical analysis when the strong planar anchoring for presented experiments is changed to weak. This 3D confinement by chemically patterns and small depth topography offers a new way to generate any geometry pattern controllable non-degenerate orientation, achieving switchable optical properties.

  12. A molecular nematic liquid crystalline material for high-performance organic photovoltaics

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    Sun, Kuan; Xiao, Zeyun; Lu, Shirong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Hanssen, Eric; White, Jonathan M.; Williamson, Rachel M.; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Ouyang, Jianyong; Holmes, Andrew B.; Wong, Wallace W. H.; Jones, David J.

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) hold great promise to enable roll-to-roll printing of environmentally friendly, mechanically flexible and cost-effective photovoltaic devices. Nevertheless, many high-performing systems show best power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) with a thin active layer (thickness is ~100 nm) that is difficult to translate to roll-to-roll processing with high reproducibility. Here we report a new molecular donor, benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodanine (BTR), which exhibits good processability, nematic liquid crystalline behaviour and excellent optoelectronic properties. A maximum PCE of 9.3% is achieved under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, with fill factor reaching 77%, rarely achieved in solution-processed OPVs. Particularly promising is the fact that BTR-based devices with active layer thicknesses up to 400 nm can still afford high fill factor of ~70% and high PCE of ~8%. Together, the results suggest, with better device architectures for longer device lifetime, BTR is an ideal candidate for mass production of OPVs.

  13. A molecular nematic liquid crystalline material for high-performance organic photovoltaics.

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    Sun, Kuan; Xiao, Zeyun; Lu, Shirong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Hanssen, Eric; White, Jonathan M; Williamson, Rachel M; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Ouyang, Jianyong; Holmes, Andrew B; Wong, Wallace W H; Jones, David J

    2015-01-14

    Solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) hold great promise to enable roll-to-roll printing of environmentally friendly, mechanically flexible and cost-effective photovoltaic devices. Nevertheless, many high-performing systems show best power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) with a thin active layer (thickness is ~100 nm) that is difficult to translate to roll-to-roll processing with high reproducibility. Here we report a new molecular donor, benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodanine (BTR), which exhibits good processability, nematic liquid crystalline behaviour and excellent optoelectronic properties. A maximum PCE of 9.3% is achieved under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, with fill factor reaching 77%, rarely achieved in solution-processed OPVs. Particularly promising is the fact that BTR-based devices with active layer thicknesses up to 400 nm can still afford high fill factor of ~70% and high PCE of ~8%. Together, the results suggest, with better device architectures for longer device lifetime, BTR is an ideal candidate for mass production of OPVs.

  14. Optical modulation in nematic phase of halogen substituted hydrogen bonded liquid crystals

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    Vijayakumar, V. N.; Madhu Mohan, M. L. N.

    2012-01-01

    A series of halogen-substituted hydrogen-bonded liquid crystalline complexes have been designed and synthesised. A successful attempt has been made to form complementary hydrogen bonding between the dodecyloxy benzoic acid (12BAO) and halogen-substituted benzoic acids and the physical properties exhibited by the individual complexes are studied. The complexes obtained are analysed by polarising optical microscope (POM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and dielectric studies. The formation of complementary hydrogen bond is confirmed through FTIR spectra. An interesting feature of this series is the observation of a field-induced transition (FiT) in nematic phase. Another interesting phenomenon is the observation of a new smectic X phase (worm-like texture) in all the synthesised complexes. Dielectric relaxation studies in the smectic C phase of these hydrogen bonded complexes along with the Arrhenius and the Cole-Cole plots are discussed. Optical tilt angle in smectic C phase and the corresponding fitted data analysis concur with the Mean field theory prediction.

  15. Modelling the capillary locking of point defects in nematic liquid crystals

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    Peroli, G. Guidone; Virga, E. G.

    1997-06-01

    DEDICATED TO JERRY ERIKSEN: It has long been known that the equilibrium configuration with minimum energy of a nematic liquid crystal within a cylinder subject to homeotropic conditions on the lateral boundary is escaped along the axis of the cylinder, and there is no singularity of the orientation field. So problems of explaining the presence of point defects in capillary tubes and of exploring their stability arise. There is enough evidence to believe that the menisci play a central role in preventing the orientation field around a point defect from unwinding towards the escaped configuration. We propose a variational model which describes how a point defect interacts with a meniscus. This interaction fades away at a finite distance. When active, it is two-sided, being repulsive at first and then attractive when the defect comes closer to the centre of curvature of the meniscus. Thus, when a defect is enclosed between two menisci they can become antagonists, so that there is a metastable equilibrium position where the defect could be locked in.

  16. Dynamic response of a dual-frequency chiral hybrid aligned nematic liquid-crystal cell.

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    Jewell, S A; Sambles, J R

    2006-01-01

    The dynamic response of a chiral dual-frequency hybrid aligned nematic liquid-crystal cell to a multiple frequency pulse has been characterized using a time-resolved fully leaky guided-mode optical characterization technique. On application of a low-frequency voltage the cell is found to switch to homeotropic alignment, effectively destroying the inherent twist in the cell. When this voltage is immediately followed by a high-frequency voltage the structure is driven into a homogeneously aligned twisted structure. Analysis of the response of the director to this change in effective dielectric anisotropy of the material reveals a form of backflow. This arises due to the combination of the coupling between the rotation and flow of the director, the constraining effect of the pitch on the twist in the cell, and the driving of the director into homogeneous alignment. The measured director profiles have been compared to model profiles generated using the Leslie-Eriksen-Parodi nematodynamics theory, and the viscosity coefficients for the material have been determined. PMID:16486168

  17. Superior electro-optic response in multiferroic bismuth ferrite nanoparticle doped nematic liquid crystal device

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    Nayek, Prasenjit; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A superior electro-optic (E-O) response has been achieved when multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3/BFO) nanoparticles (NPs) were doped in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) host E7 and the LC device was addressed in the large signal regime by an amplitude modulated square wave signal at the frequency of 100 Hz. The optimized concentration of BFO is 0.15 wt%, and the corresponding total optical response time (rise time + decay time) for a 5 μm-thick cell is 2.5 ms for ~7 Vrms. This might be exploited for the construction of adaptive lenses, modulators, displays, and other E-O devices. The possible reason behind the fast response time could be the visco-elastic constant and restoring force imparted by the locally ordered LCs induced by the multiferroic nanoparticles (MNPs). Polarized optical microscopic textural observation shows that the macroscopic dislocation-free excellent contrast have significant impact on improving the image quality and performance of the devices. PMID:26041701

  18. A molecular nematic liquid crystalline material for high-performance organic photovoltaics

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    Sun, Kuan; Xiao, Zeyun; Lu, Shirong; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Hanssen, Eric; White, Jonathan M.; Williamson, Rachel M.; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Ouyang, Jianyong; Holmes, Andrew B.; Wong, Wallace W.H.; Jones, David J.

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) hold great promise to enable roll-to-roll printing of environmentally friendly, mechanically flexible and cost-effective photovoltaic devices. Nevertheless, many high-performing systems show best power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) with a thin active layer (thickness is ~100 nm) that is difficult to translate to roll-to-roll processing with high reproducibility. Here we report a new molecular donor, benzodithiophene terthiophene rhodanine (BTR), which exhibits good processability, nematic liquid crystalline behaviour and excellent optoelectronic properties. A maximum PCE of 9.3% is achieved under AM 1.5G solar irradiation, with fill factor reaching 77%, rarely achieved in solution-processed OPVs. Particularly promising is the fact that BTR-based devices with active layer thicknesses up to 400 nm can still afford high fill factor of ~70% and high PCE of ~8%. Together, the results suggest, with better device architectures for longer device lifetime, BTR is an ideal candidate for mass production of OPVs. PMID:25586307

  19. Multi-domain vertical alignment of nematic liquid crystals for reduced off-axis gamma shift

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    Yoon, Tae-Hoon; Park, Byung Wok; Kim, Ki-Han; Kim, Hoon; Shin, Ki-Chul; Kim, Hee Seop

    2013-03-01

    Several liquid crystal (LC) modes, such as twisted nematic, vertical alignment (VA), and in-plane switching, have been in competition with each other in the LC display market. Among them, the VA mode has been widely used because of the high contrast ratio. Since the LC molecules are aligned perpendicular to the substrate in the initial state, an excellent dark state can be obtained at normal viewing direction. However, effective phase retardation of LC layer at oblique viewing direction differs greatly from that at normal viewing direction. Thus, gamma distortion phenomenon occurs at oblique view direction. To reduce the gamma shift in the VA mode at oblique viewing direction, multi-domain VA modes were proposed. Although gamma shifts of these modes are smaller than that of the single domain VA mode, the problems still remain. Recently, several technologies for 8-domain alignment have been proposed to decrease the gamma shift at off-axis. However, additional driving circuits are required to realize the eight-domain structure. In this paper we report technologies for the multi-domain VA mode with no additional driving circuits. By using the proposed technologies, we can obtain the dual threshold voltage in each sub-pixel to realize the multi-domain VA mode with no decrease of contrast ratio.

  20. Gradient polymer-disposed liquid crystal single layer of large nematic droplets for modulation of laser light.

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    Hadjichristov, Georgi B; Marinov, Yordan G; Petrov, Alexander G

    2011-06-01

    The light modulating ability of gradient polymer-disposed liquid crystal (PDLC) single layer of large droplets formed by nematic E7 in UV-cured polymer NOA65 is studied. Operating at relatively low voltages, such PDLC film with a of thickness 10-25 μm and droplet size up to 50 μm exhibits a good contrast ratio and is capable of producing a large phase shift for the propagating coherent light. For a linearly polarized He-Ne laser (λ=633 nm), an electrically commanded phase shift as large as π/2 can be obtained by the large-droplet region of the film. The electrically produced phase shift and its spatial profile controlled by the thickness of the gradient PDLC single layers of large nematic droplets can be useful for tunable spatial light modulators and other devices for active control of laser light. PMID:21629309

  1. Density of photon states in dye-doped chiral nematic liquid crystal cells in the presence of losses and gain.

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    Mavrogordatos, Th K; Morris, S M; Castles, F; Hands, P J W; Ford, A D; Coles, H J; Wilkinson, T D

    2012-07-01

    We calculate the density of photon states (DOS) of the normal modes in dye-doped chiral nematic liquid crystal (LC) cells in the presence of various loss mechanisms. Losses and gain are incorporated into the transmission characteristics through the introduction of a small imaginary part in the dielectric constant perpendicular and along the director, for which we assume no frequency dispersion. Theoretical results are presented on the DOS in the region of the photonic band gap for a range of values of the loss coefficient and different values of the optical anisotropy. The obtained values of the DOS at the photonic band gap edges predict a reversal of the dominant modes in the structure. Our results are found to be in good agreement with the experimentally obtained excitation thresholds in chiral nematic LC lasers. The behavior of the DOS is also discussed for amplifying LC cells providing additional insight to the lasing mechanism of these structures.

  2. Theoretical model applicable to the experimental determination of surface anchoring energies of nematic liquid crystals. M.S. Thesis

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    Wintucky, E. G.

    1980-01-01

    For a cell configuration consisting of a thin nematic layer bounded by two parallel plane surfaces, with opposing surfaces suitably treated to produce dissimilar molecular orientations, the elastic continuum theory for nematic liquid crystals was applied to derive an expression relating surface anchoring energies to elastic constants, director orientations at the substrate surfaces, and cell thickness. A numerical comparison with the elastically isotropic result over a range K sub 3 = 1.5 K sub 1 to K sub 3 = 10 K sub 1 showed the effect of elastic anisotropy could be quite significant. Surface anchoring energies calculated for anisotropic of K sub 3 = 2 K sub 1 and K sub 3 + 10 K sub 1 were approximately 50% and 500%, respectively, than the isotropic values.

  3. Tunable microwave bandpass filter integrated power divider based on the high anisotropy electro-optic nematic liquid crystal.

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    Liu, Yupeng; Liu, Yang; Li, Haiyan; Jiang, Di; Cao, Weiping; Chen, Hui; Xia, Lei; Xu, Ruimin

    2016-07-01

    A novel, compact microwave tunable bandpass filter integrated power divider, based on the high anisotropy electro-optic nematic liquid crystal, is proposed in this letter. Liquid crystal, as the electro-optic material, is placed between top inverted microstrip line and the metal plate. The proposed structure can realize continuous tunable bandpass response and miniaturization. The proposed design concept is validated by the good performance of simulation results and experimental results. The electro-optic material has shown great potential for microwave application. PMID:27475583

  4. Tunable microwave bandpass filter integrated power divider based on the high anisotropy electro-optic nematic liquid crystal.

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    Liu, Yupeng; Liu, Yang; Li, Haiyan; Jiang, Di; Cao, Weiping; Chen, Hui; Xia, Lei; Xu, Ruimin

    2016-07-01

    A novel, compact microwave tunable bandpass filter integrated power divider, based on the high anisotropy electro-optic nematic liquid crystal, is proposed in this letter. Liquid crystal, as the electro-optic material, is placed between top inverted microstrip line and the metal plate. The proposed structure can realize continuous tunable bandpass response and miniaturization. The proposed design concept is validated by the good performance of simulation results and experimental results. The electro-optic material has shown great potential for microwave application.

  5. Photoreactive self-assembled monolayer for the stabilization of tilt orientation of a director in vertically aligned nematic liquid crystals.

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    Oh, Su Yeon; Kang, Shin-Woong

    2013-12-16

    Photo-reactive self-assembled monolayer (PR-SAM) is employed to mediate alignment of liquid crystals (LC) and stabilize the tilt orientation of a nematic director for a vertically aligned liquid crystal. Bifunctional PR-SAM formed by silane coupling reaction to oxide surfaces efficiently induces a homeotropic alignment and stabilizes LC director by the photo-polymerization under applied electric field. As a result, the substantial enhancement of electro-optic performance has been achieved after the PR-SAM assisted stabilization of tilt orientation of director. This approach for pretilt stabilization has multifarious advantages over the conventional PSVA. PMID:24514711

  6. Global Existence and Large Time Behavior of Strong Solutions to the 2-D Compressible Nematic Liquid Crystal Flows with Vacuum

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    Wang, Teng

    2016-09-01

    This paper is concerned with the strong solutions to the Cauchy problem of a simplified Ericksen-Leslie system of compressible nematic liquid crystals in two or three dimensions with vacuum as far field density. For strong solutions, some a priori decay rate (in large time) for the pressure, the spatial gradient of velocity field and the second spatial gradient of liquid crystal director field are obtained provided that the initial total energy is suitably small. Furthermore, with the help of the key decay rates, we establish the global existence and uniqueness of strong solutions (which may be of possibly large oscillations) in two spatial dimensions.

  7. Tunable microwave bandpass filter integrated power divider based on the high anisotropy electro-optic nematic liquid crystal

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    Liu, Yupeng; Liu, Yang; Li, Haiyan; Jiang, Di; Cao, Weiping; Chen, Hui; Xia, Lei; Xu, Ruimin

    2016-07-01

    A novel, compact microwave tunable bandpass filter integrated power divider, based on the high anisotropy electro-optic nematic liquid crystal, is proposed in this letter. Liquid crystal, as the electro-optic material, is placed between top inverted microstrip line and the metal plate. The proposed structure can realize continuous tunable bandpass response and miniaturization. The proposed design concept is validated by the good performance of simulation results and experimental results. The electro-optic material has shown great potential for microwave application.

  8. Interactions of carbon nanotubes in a nematic liquid crystal. II. Experiment

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    Agha, Hakam; Galerne, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Multiwall carbon nanotube (CNT) colloids with different anchoring conditions are dispersed in pentyl-cyanobiphenyl (5CB), a thermotropic liquid crystal (LC) that exhibits a room-temperature nematic phase. The experiments make use of CNTs treated for strong planar, homeotropic, or Janus anchorings. Observations with a polarizing microscope show that the CNTs placed in a uniform nematic field stabilize parallel or perpendicular to n depending on their anchoring conditions. In the presence of a splay-bend disclination line, they are first attracted toward it and ultimately, they get trapped on it. Their orientation relative to the line is then found to be parallel or perpendicular to it, again depending on the anchoring conditions. When a sufficient number of particles are deposited on a disclination line, they form a micro- or nanonecklace in the shape of a thin thread or of a bottle brush, with the CNTs being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the disclination line according to the anchoring treatment. The system exhibits a rich versatility, even if until now the weak anchorings appear to be difficult to control. In a next step, the necklaces may be glued by means of pyrrole electropolymerization. In this manner, we realize a true materialization of the disclination lines, and we obtain nanowires capable of conducting the electricity in the place of the initial disclinations that just worked as templates. The advantage of the method is that it finally provides nanowires that are automatically connected to predesignated three-dimensional (3D) electrodes. Such a 3D nanowiring could have important applications, as it could allow one to develop electronic circuits in the third dimension. They could thus help with increasing the transistor density per surface unit, although downsizing of integrated circuits will soon be limited to atomic sizes or so. In other words, the predicted limitation to Moore's law could be avoided. For the moment, the nanowires that we obtain

  9. Interactions of carbon nanotubes in a nematic liquid crystal. II. Experiment.

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    Agha, Hakam; Galerne, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Multiwall carbon nanotube (CNT) colloids with different anchoring conditions are dispersed in pentyl-cyanobiphenyl (5CB), a thermotropic liquid crystal (LC) that exhibits a room-temperature nematic phase. The experiments make use of CNTs treated for strong planar, homeotropic, or Janus anchorings. Observations with a polarizing microscope show that the CNTs placed in a uniform nematic field stabilize parallel or perpendicular to n depending on their anchoring conditions. In the presence of a splay-bend disclination line, they are first attracted toward it and ultimately, they get trapped on it. Their orientation relative to the line is then found to be parallel or perpendicular to it, again depending on the anchoring conditions. When a sufficient number of particles are deposited on a disclination line, they form a micro- or nanonecklace in the shape of a thin thread or of a bottle brush, with the CNTs being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the disclination line according to the anchoring treatment. The system exhibits a rich versatility, even if until now the weak anchorings appear to be difficult to control. In a next step, the necklaces may be glued by means of pyrrole electropolymerization. In this manner, we realize a true materialization of the disclination lines, and we obtain nanowires capable of conducting the electricity in the place of the initial disclinations that just worked as templates. The advantage of the method is that it finally provides nanowires that are automatically connected to predesignated three-dimensional (3D) electrodes. Such a 3D nanowiring could have important applications, as it could allow one to develop electronic circuits in the third dimension. They could thus help with increasing the transistor density per surface unit, although downsizing of integrated circuits will soon be limited to atomic sizes or so. In other words, the predicted limitation to Moore's law could be avoided. For the moment, the nanowires that we obtain

  10. Interactions of carbon nanotubes in a nematic liquid crystal. II. Experiment.

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    Agha, Hakam; Galerne, Yves

    2016-04-01

    Multiwall carbon nanotube (CNT) colloids with different anchoring conditions are dispersed in pentyl-cyanobiphenyl (5CB), a thermotropic liquid crystal (LC) that exhibits a room-temperature nematic phase. The experiments make use of CNTs treated for strong planar, homeotropic, or Janus anchorings. Observations with a polarizing microscope show that the CNTs placed in a uniform nematic field stabilize parallel or perpendicular to n depending on their anchoring conditions. In the presence of a splay-bend disclination line, they are first attracted toward it and ultimately, they get trapped on it. Their orientation relative to the line is then found to be parallel or perpendicular to it, again depending on the anchoring conditions. When a sufficient number of particles are deposited on a disclination line, they form a micro- or nanonecklace in the shape of a thin thread or of a bottle brush, with the CNTs being oriented parallel or perpendicular to the disclination line according to the anchoring treatment. The system exhibits a rich versatility, even if until now the weak anchorings appear to be difficult to control. In a next step, the necklaces may be glued by means of pyrrole electropolymerization. In this manner, we realize a true materialization of the disclination lines, and we obtain nanowires capable of conducting the electricity in the place of the initial disclinations that just worked as templates. The advantage of the method is that it finally provides nanowires that are automatically connected to predesignated three-dimensional (3D) electrodes. Such a 3D nanowiring could have important applications, as it could allow one to develop electronic circuits in the third dimension. They could thus help with increasing the transistor density per surface unit, although downsizing of integrated circuits will soon be limited to atomic sizes or so. In other words, the predicted limitation to Moore's law could be avoided. For the moment, the nanowires that we obtain

  11. Anisotropic nanoparticles immersed in a nematic liquid crystal: Defect structures and potentials of mean force

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    Hung, Francisco R.; Guzmán, Orlando; Gettelfinger, Brian T.; Abbott, Nicholas L.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2006-07-01

    We report results for the potential of mean force (PMF) and the defect structures that arise when spherocylindrical nanoparticles are immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. Using a dynamic field theory for the tensor order parameter Q of the liquid crystal, we analyzed configurations, including one, two, and three elongated particles, with strong homeotropic anchoring at their surfaces. For systems with one nanoparticle, the most stable configuration is achieved when the spherocylinder is placed with its long axis perpendicular to the far-field director, for which the defect structure consists of an elongated Saturn ring. For systems with two or three nanoparticles with their long axes placed perpendicular to the far-field director, at small separations the defect structures consist of incomplete Saturn rings fused with new disclination rings orthogonal to the original ones, in analogy to results previously observed for spherical nanoparticles. The shape of these orthogonal rings depends on the nanoparticles’ configuration, i.e., triangular, linear, or parallel with respect to their long axis. A comparison of the PMFs indicates that the latter configuration is the most stable. The stability of the different arrays depends on whether orthogonal disclination rings form or not, their size, and the curvature effects in the interparticle regions. Our results suggest that the one-elastic-constant approximation is valid for the considered systems; similar results were obtained when a three-constant expression is used to represent the elastic free energy. The attractive interactions between the elongated particles were compared to those observed for spheres of similar diameters. Similar interparticle energies were observed for linear arrays; in contrast, parallel and triangular arrays of spherocylinders yielded interactions that were up to 3.4 times stronger than those observed for spherical particles.

  12. Three-dimensional control of the helical axis of a chiral nematic liquid crystal by light

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    Zheng, Zhi-Gang; Li, Yannian; Bisoyi, Hari Krishna; Wang, Ling; Bunning, Timothy J.; Li, Quan

    2016-03-01

    Chiral nematic liquid crystals—otherwise referred to as cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs)—are self-organized helical superstructures that find practical application in, for example, thermography, reflective displays, tuneable colour filters and mirrorless lasing. Dynamic, remote and three-dimensional control over the helical axis of CLCs is desirable, but challenging. For example, the orientation of the helical axis relative to the substrate can be changed from perpendicular to parallel by applying an alternating-current electric field, by changing the anchoring conditions of the substrate, or by altering the topography of the substrate’s surface; separately, in-plane rotation of the helical axis parallel to the substrate can be driven by a direct-current field. Here we report three-dimensional manipulation of the helical axis of a CLC, together with inversion of its handedness, achieved solely with a light stimulus. We use this technique to carry out light-activated, wide-area, reversible two-dimensional beam steering—previously accomplished using complex integrated systems and optical phased arrays. During the three-dimensional manipulation by light, the helical axis undergoes, in sequence, a reversible transition from perpendicular to parallel, followed by in-plane rotation on the substrate surface. Such reversible manipulation depends on experimental parameters such as cell thickness, surface anchoring condition, and pitch length. Because there is no thermal relaxation, the system can be driven either forwards or backwards from any light-activated intermediate state. We also describe reversible photocontrol between a two-dimensional diffraction state, a one-dimensional diffraction state and a diffraction ‘off’ state in a bilayer cell.

  13. Liquid crystalline polymers in good nematic solvents: Free chains, mushrooms, and brushes

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    Williams, D.R.M. . Lab. de Physique de la Matiere Condensee); Halperin, A. . Dept. of Materials)

    1993-08-02

    The swelling of main chain liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) in good nematic solvents is theoretically studied, focusing on brushes of terminally anchored, grafted LCPs. The analysis is concerned with long LCPs, of length L, with n[sub 0] >> 1 hairpin defects. The extension behavior of the major axis, R[parallel], of these ellipsoidal objects gives rise to an Ising elasticity with a free energy penalty of F[sub el](R[parallel])/kT [approx] n[sub 0] [minus] n[sub 0](1 [minus] R[parallel][sup 2]/L[sup 2])[sup 1/2]. The theory of the extension behavior enables the formulation of a Flory type theory of swelling of isolated LCPs yielding R[parallel] [approx] exp(2U[sub h]/5kT)N[sup 3/5] and R [perpendicular] [approx] exp([minus]U[sub h]/10kT)N[sup 3/5], with N the degree of polymerization and U[sub h] the hairpin energy. It also allows the generalization of the Alexander model for polymer brushes to the case of grafted LCPs. The behavior of LCP brushes depends on the alignment imposed by the grafting surface and the liquid crystalline solvent. A tilting phase transition is predicted as the grafting density is increased for a surface imposing homogeneous, parallel anchoring. A related transition is expected upon compression of a brush subject to homeotropic, perpendicular alignment. The effect of magnetic or electric fields on these phase transitions is also studied. The critical magnetic/electric field for the Frederiks transition can be lowered to arbitrarily small values by using surfaces coated by brushes of appropriate density.

  14. Anisotropic nanoparticles immersed in a nematic liquid crystal: defect structures and potentials of mean force.

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    Hung, Francisco R; Guzmán, Orlando; Gettelfinger, Brian T; Abbott, Nicholas L; de Pablo, Juan J

    2006-07-01

    We report results for the potential of mean force (PMF) and the defect structures that arise when spherocylindrical nanoparticles are immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. Using a dynamic field theory for the tensor order parameter Q of the liquid crystal, we analyzed configurations, including one, two, and three elongated particles, with strong homeotropic anchoring at their surfaces. For systems with one nanoparticle, the most stable configuration is achieved when the spherocylinder is placed with its long axis perpendicular to the far-field director, for which the defect structure consists of an elongated Saturn ring. For systems with two or three nanoparticles with their long axes placed perpendicular to the far-field director, at small separations the defect structures consist of incomplete Saturn rings fused with new disclination rings orthogonal to the original ones, in analogy to results previously observed for spherical nanoparticles. The shape of these orthogonal rings depends on the nanoparticles' configuration, i.e., triangular, linear, or parallel with respect to their long axis. A comparison of the PMFs indicates that the latter configuration is the most stable. The stability of the different arrays depends on whether orthogonal disclination rings form or not, their size, and the curvature effects in the interparticle regions. Our results suggest that the one-elastic-constant approximation is valid for the considered systems; similar results were obtained when a three-constant expression is used to represent the elastic free energy. The attractive interactions between the elongated particles were compared to those observed for spheres of similar diameters. Similar interparticle energies were observed for linear arrays; in contrast, parallel and triangular arrays of spherocylinders yielded interactions that were up to 3.4 times stronger than those observed for spherical particles.

  15. Three-dimensional control of the helical axis of a chiral nematic liquid crystal by light.

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    Zheng, Zhi-gang; Li, Yannian; Bisoyi, Hari Krishna; Wang, Ling; Bunning, Timothy J; Li, Quan

    2016-03-17

    Chiral nematic liquid crystals--otherwise referred to as cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs)--are self-organized helical superstructures that find practical application in, for example, thermography, reflective displays, tuneable colour filters and mirrorless lasing. Dynamic, remote and three-dimensional control over the helical axis of CLCs is desirable, but challenging. For example, the orientation of the helical axis relative to the substrate can be changed from perpendicular to parallel by applying an alternating-current electric field, by changing the anchoring conditions of the substrate, or by altering the topography of the substrate's surface; separately, in-plane rotation of the helical axis parallel to the substrate can be driven by a direct-current field. Here we report three-dimensional manipulation of the helical axis of a CLC, together with inversion of its handedness, achieved solely with a light stimulus. We use this technique to carry out light-activated, wide-area, reversible two-dimensional beam steering--previously accomplished using complex integrated systems and optical phased arrays. During the three-dimensional manipulation by light, the helical axis undergoes, in sequence, a reversible transition from perpendicular to parallel, followed by in-plane rotation on the substrate surface. Such reversible manipulation depends on experimental parameters such as cell thickness, surface anchoring condition, and pitch length. Because there is no thermal relaxation, the system can be driven either forwards or backwards from any light-activated intermediate state. We also describe reversible photocontrol between a two-dimensional diffraction state, a one-dimensional diffraction state and a diffraction 'off' state in a bilayer cell. PMID:26950601

  16. Dielectric spectroscopy of isotropic liquids and liquid crystal phases with dispersed graphene oxide

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    Al-Zangana, Shakhawan; Iliut, Maria; Boran, Gökçen; Turner, Michael; Vijayaraghavan, Aravind; Dierking, Ingo

    2016-01-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) flakes of different sizes were prepared and dispersed in isotropic and nematic (anisotropic) fluid media. The dielectric relaxation behaviour of GO-dispersions was examined for a wide temperature (25–60 oC) and frequency range (100 Hz–2 MHz). The mixtures containing GO flakes exhibited varying dielectric relaxation processes, depending on the size of the flakes and the elastic properties of the dispersant fluid. Relaxation frequencies of the GO doped isotropic media, such as isopropanol IPA, were observed to be much lower than the GO doped thermotropic nematic medium 5CB. It is anticipated that the slow relaxation frequencies (~10 kHz) could be resulting from the relaxation modes of the GO flakes while the fast relaxation frequencies (~100 kHz) could indicate strongly slowed down molecular modes of the nematogenic molecules, which are anchored to the GO flakes via dispersion interactions. The relaxation frequencies decreased as the size of the GO flakes in the isotropic solvent was increased. Polarizing microscopy showed that GO flakes with a mean diameter of 10 μm, dispersed in water, formed a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal phase. This lyotropic nematic exhibited the slowest dielectric relaxation process, with relaxation frequencies in the order of 2 kHz, as compared to the GO-isotropic suspension and the GO-doped 5CB. PMID:27555475

  17. Dielectric spectroscopy of isotropic liquids and liquid crystal phases with dispersed graphene oxide

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    Al-Zangana, Shakhawan; Iliut, Maria; Boran, Gökçen; Turner, Michael; Vijayaraghavan, Aravind; Dierking, Ingo

    2016-08-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) flakes of different sizes were prepared and dispersed in isotropic and nematic (anisotropic) fluid media. The dielectric relaxation behaviour of GO-dispersions was examined for a wide temperature (25–60 oC) and frequency range (100 Hz–2 MHz). The mixtures containing GO flakes exhibited varying dielectric relaxation processes, depending on the size of the flakes and the elastic properties of the dispersant fluid. Relaxation frequencies of the GO doped isotropic media, such as isopropanol IPA, were observed to be much lower than the GO doped thermotropic nematic medium 5CB. It is anticipated that the slow relaxation frequencies (~10 kHz) could be resulting from the relaxation modes of the GO flakes while the fast relaxation frequencies (~100 kHz) could indicate strongly slowed down molecular modes of the nematogenic molecules, which are anchored to the GO flakes via dispersion interactions. The relaxation frequencies decreased as the size of the GO flakes in the isotropic solvent was increased. Polarizing microscopy showed that GO flakes with a mean diameter of 10 μm, dispersed in water, formed a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal phase. This lyotropic nematic exhibited the slowest dielectric relaxation process, with relaxation frequencies in the order of 2 kHz, as compared to the GO-isotropic suspension and the GO-doped 5CB.

  18. Dielectric spectroscopy of isotropic liquids and liquid crystal phases with dispersed graphene oxide.

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    Al-Zangana, Shakhawan; Iliut, Maria; Boran, Gökçen; Turner, Michael; Vijayaraghavan, Aravind; Dierking, Ingo

    2016-01-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) flakes of different sizes were prepared and dispersed in isotropic and nematic (anisotropic) fluid media. The dielectric relaxation behaviour of GO-dispersions was examined for a wide temperature (25-60 (o)C) and frequency range (100 Hz-2 MHz). The mixtures containing GO flakes exhibited varying dielectric relaxation processes, depending on the size of the flakes and the elastic properties of the dispersant fluid. Relaxation frequencies of the GO doped isotropic media, such as isopropanol IPA, were observed to be much lower than the GO doped thermotropic nematic medium 5CB. It is anticipated that the slow relaxation frequencies (~10 kHz) could be resulting from the relaxation modes of the GO flakes while the fast relaxation frequencies (~100 kHz) could indicate strongly slowed down molecular modes of the nematogenic molecules, which are anchored to the GO flakes via dispersion interactions. The relaxation frequencies decreased as the size of the GO flakes in the isotropic solvent was increased. Polarizing microscopy showed that GO flakes with a mean diameter of 10 μm, dispersed in water, formed a lyotropic nematic liquid crystal phase. This lyotropic nematic exhibited the slowest dielectric relaxation process, with relaxation frequencies in the order of 2 kHz, as compared to the GO-isotropic suspension and the GO-doped 5CB. PMID:27555475

  19. Nonequilibrium-molecular-dynamics measurement of the Leslie coefficients of a Gay-Berne nematic liquid crystal

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    Qian, Tiezheng

    2007-03-01

    We carried out nonequilibrium molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to measure the six Leslie coefficients of a nematic liquid crystal composed of molecules interacting via the Gay-Berne potential. In the presence of a simple shear flow, an external field is applied to control the molecular orientation, and a uniform director is stabilized in the central region of the channel in which the liquid crystal is confined and sheared. With the director tuned by varying the applied field, a number of orientational states are stabilized in the presence of a shear flow, and various viscous stress components are measured in these states of different directors. The six Leslie coefficients αi are determined by interpreting the MD measurement data for viscous stress according to the constitutive relations in the Ericksen-Leslie-Parodi (ELP) theory. The Parodi relation α2+α3=α6-α5 is well satisfied. Given the values of the Leslie coefficients, liquid crystal orientations are evaluated for different field directions and shear rates. Comparison with those directly measured in MD simualtions demonstrates a quantitative agreement, showing that in the Gay-Berne nematic liquid crystal, the viscous stress and the coupling between orientation and flow are well described by the ELP theory.

  20. DNA hybridization-induced reorientation of liquid crystal anchoring at the nematic liquid crystal/aqueous interface.

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    Price, Andrew D; Schwartz, Daniel K

    2008-07-01

    Interactions between DNA and an adsorbed cationic surfactant at the nematic liquid crystal (LC)/aqueous interface were investigated using polarized and fluorescence microscopy. The adsorption of octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (OTAB) surfactant to the LC/aqueous interface resulted in homeotropic (untilted) LC alignment. Subsequent adsorption of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) to the surfactant-laden interface modified the interfacial structure, resulting in a reorientation of the LC from homeotropic alignment to an intermediate tilt angle. Exposure of the ssDNA/OTAB interfacial complex to its ssDNA complement induced a second change in the interfacial structure characterized by the nucleation, growth, and coalescence of lateral regions that induced homeotropic LC alignment. Fluorescence microscopy showed explicitly that the complement was colocalized in the same regions as the homeotropic domains. Exposure to noncomplementary ssDNA caused no such response, suggesting that the homeotropic regions were due to DNA hybridization. This hybridization occurred in the vicinity of the interface despite the fact that the conditions in bulk solution were such that hybridization did not occur (high stringency), suggesting that the presence of the cationic surfactant neutralized electrostatic repulsion and allowed for hydrogen bonding between DNA complements. This system has potential for label-less and portable DNA detection. Indeed, LC response to ssDNA target was detected with a lower limit of approximately 50 fmol of complement and was sufficiently selective to differentiate a one-base-pair mismatch in a 16-mer target.

  1. DNA hybridization-induced reorientation of liquid crystal anchoring at the nematic liquid crystal/aqueous interface.

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    Price, Andrew D; Schwartz, Daniel K

    2008-07-01

    Interactions between DNA and an adsorbed cationic surfactant at the nematic liquid crystal (LC)/aqueous interface were investigated using polarized and fluorescence microscopy. The adsorption of octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (OTAB) surfactant to the LC/aqueous interface resulted in homeotropic (untilted) LC alignment. Subsequent adsorption of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) to the surfactant-laden interface modified the interfacial structure, resulting in a reorientation of the LC from homeotropic alignment to an intermediate tilt angle. Exposure of the ssDNA/OTAB interfacial complex to its ssDNA complement induced a second change in the interfacial structure characterized by the nucleation, growth, and coalescence of lateral regions that induced homeotropic LC alignment. Fluorescence microscopy showed explicitly that the complement was colocalized in the same regions as the homeotropic domains. Exposure to noncomplementary ssDNA caused no such response, suggesting that the homeotropic regions were due to DNA hybridization. This hybridization occurred in the vicinity of the interface despite the fact that the conditions in bulk solution were such that hybridization did not occur (high stringency), suggesting that the presence of the cationic surfactant neutralized electrostatic repulsion and allowed for hydrogen bonding between DNA complements. This system has potential for label-less and portable DNA detection. Indeed, LC response to ssDNA target was detected with a lower limit of approximately 50 fmol of complement and was sufficiently selective to differentiate a one-base-pair mismatch in a 16-mer target. PMID:18528984

  2. Novel Cholesteric Glassy Liquid Crystals Comprising Benzene Functionalized with Hybrid Chiral-Nematic Mesogens

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    Kim, C; Marshall, K L; Wallace, J U; Ou, J J; Chen, S H

    2010-03-12

    With 4-cyanobiphenyl-4-yl benzoate nematogens chemically bonded to a benzene core via enantiomeric 2-methylpropyl spacers, a new series of cholesteric glassy liquid crystals has been synthesized for an investigation of structure-property relationships. Glass-forming ability, phase-transition temperatures, and stability against crystallization are affected by both the number and the position of substituent groups on the benzene ring with 1,3,5-trisubstituted system possessing the most favorable set of properties, Tg at 73 °C and Tc at 295 °C. With (S)-3-bromo-2-methylpropanol as the chiral precursor, left-handed helical stacking was observed for all the cholesteric GLCs reported herein. Films of the 1,3,5-trisubstituted and meta-disubstituted systems show a selective reflection wavelength, λR, at 413 and 422 nm, respectively, whereas that of the ortho-isomer exhibits a λR at 860 nm. Replacing one of the hybrid chiral-nematic mesogen in the 1,3,5-trisubstituted system by a nematogen loosens the helical pitch to yield a λR at 630 nm, still shorter than that of the ortho-isomer despite the dilution by a nematogen. This observation suggests the importance of regioisomerism to helical twisting. The difference in λR was interpreted in terms of molecular packing involving chiral spacers through computational chemistry. The susceptibility of cholesteric GLCs to photoalignment was tested using the ortho-isomer. The degree of photoalignment improves with an increasing rotational mobility of pendant coumarin monomers to an extent comparable to mechanical alignment on conventional rubbed polyimide films.

  3. A decoupled energy stable scheme for a hydrodynamic phase-field model of mixtures of nematic liquid crystals and viscous fluids

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    Zhao, Jia; Yang, Xiaofeng; Shen, Jie; Wang, Qi

    2016-01-01

    We develop a linear, first-order, decoupled, energy-stable scheme for a binary hydrodynamic phase field model of mixtures of nematic liquid crystals and viscous fluids that satisfies an energy dissipation law. We show that the semi-discrete scheme in time satisfies an analogous, semi-discrete energy-dissipation law for any time-step and is therefore unconditionally stable. We then discretize the spatial operators in the scheme by a finite-difference method and implement the fully discrete scheme in a simplified version using CUDA on GPUs in 3 dimensions in space and time. Two numerical examples for rupture of nematic liquid crystal filaments immersed in a viscous fluid matrix are given, illustrating the effectiveness of this new scheme in resolving complex interfacial phenomena in free surface flows of nematic liquid crystals.

  4. Condensation of self-assembled lyotropic chromonic liquid crystal sunset yellow in aqueous solutions crowded with polyethylene glycol and doped with salt.

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    Park, Heung-Shik; Kang, Shin-Woong; Tortora, Luana; Kumar, Satyendra; Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2011-04-01

    We use optical and fluorescence microscopy, densitometry, cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), spectroscopy, and synchrotron X-ray scattering to study the phase behavior of the reversible self-assembled chromonic aggregates of an anionic dye Sunset Yellow (SSY) in aqueous solutions crowded with an electrically neutral polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG) and doped with the salt NaCl. PEG causes the isotropic SSY solutions to condense into a liquid-crystalline region with a high concentration of SSY aggregates, coexisting with a PEG-rich isotropic (I) region. PEG added to the homogeneous nematic (N) phase causes separation into the coexisting N and I domains; the SSY concentration in the N domains is higher than the original concentration of PEG-free N phase. Finally, addition of PEG to the highly concentrated homogeneous N phase causes separation into the coexisting columnar hexagonal (C) phase and I phase. This behavior can be qualitatively explained by the depletion (excluded volume) effects that act at two different levels: at the level of aggregate assembly from monomers and short aggregates and at the level of interaggregate packing. We also show a strong effect of a monovalent salt NaCl on phase diagrams that is different for high and low concentrations of SSY. Upon the addition of salt, dilute I solutions of SSY show appearance of the condensed N domains, but the highly concentrated C phase transforms into a coexisting I and N domains. We suggest that the salt-induced screening of electric charges at the surface of chromonic aggregates leads to two different effects: (a) increase of the scission energy and the contour length of aggregates and (b) decrease of the persistence length of SSY aggregates. PMID:21391644

  5. Condensation of Self-Assembled Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystal Sunset Yellow in Aqueous Solutions Crowded with Polyethylene Glycol and Doped with Salt

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    Park, Heung-Shik; Kang, Shin-Woong; Tortora, Luana; Kumar, Satyendra; Lavrentovich, Oleg D.

    2012-10-10

    We use optical and fluorescence microscopy, densitometry, cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), spectroscopy, and synchrotron X-ray scattering to study the phase behavior of the reversible self-assembled chromonic aggregates of an anionic dye Sunset Yellow (SSY) in aqueous solutions crowded with an electrically neutral polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG) and doped with the salt NaCl. PEG causes the isotropic SSY solutions to condense into a liquid-crystalline region with a high concentration of SSY aggregates, coexisting with a PEG-rich isotropic (I) region. PEG added to the homogeneous nematic (N) phase causes separation into the coexisting N and I domains; the SSY concentration in the N domains is higher than the original concentration of PEG-free N phase. Finally, addition of PEG to the highly concentrated homogeneous N phase causes separation into the coexisting columnar hexagonal (C) phase and I phase. This behavior can be qualitatively explained by the depletion (excluded volume) effects that act at two different levels: at the level of aggregate assembly from monomers and short aggregates and at the level of interaggregate packing. We also show a strong effect of a monovalent salt NaCl on phase diagrams that is different for high and low concentrations of SSY. Upon the addition of salt, dilute I solutions of SSY show appearance of the condensed N domains, but the highly concentrated C phase transforms into a coexisting I and N domains. We suggest that the salt-induced screening of electric charges at the surface of chromonic aggregates leads to two different effects: (a) increase of the scission energy and the contour length of aggregates and (b) decrease of the persistence length of SSY aggregates.

  6. Textures in polygonal arrangements of square nanoparticles in nematic liquid crystal matrices.

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    Phillips, Paul M; Mei, N; Soulé, Ezequiel R; Reven, Linda; Rey, Alejandro D

    2011-11-01

    A systematic analysis of defect textures in faceted nanoparticles with polygonal configurations embedded in a nematic matrix is performed using the Landau-de Gennes model, homeotropic strong anchoring in a square domain with uniform alignment in the outer boundaries. Defect and textures are analyzed as functions of temperature T, polygon size R, and polygon number N. For nematic nanocomposites, the texture satisfies a defect charge balance equation between bulk and surface (particle corner) charges. Upon decreasing the temperature, the central bulk defects split and together with other -1/2 bulk defects are absorbed by the nanoparticle's corners. Increasing the lattice size decreases confinement and eliminates bulk defects. Increasing the polygon number increases the central defect charge at high temperature and the number of surface defects at lower temperatures. The excess energy per particle is lower in even than in odd polygons, and it is minimized for a square particle arrangement. These discrete modeling results show for first time that, even under strong anchoring, defects are attached to particles as corner defects, leaving behind a low energy homogeneous orientation field that favors nanoparticle ordering in nematic matrices. These new insights are consistent with recent thermodynamic approaches to nematic nanocomposites that predict the existence of novel nematic/crystal phases and can be used to design nanocomposites with orientational and positional order. PMID:21942338

  7. Random disorder and the smectic-nematic transition in liquid-crystalline elastomers

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    de Jeu, Wim H.; Ostrovskii, Boris I.; Kramer, Dominic; Finkelmann, Heino

    2011-04-01

    We report effects of disorder due to random cross-linking on the nematic to smectic-A phase transition in smectic elastomers. Thermoelastic data, stress-strain relations and high-resolution x-ray scattering profiles have been analyzed for two related compounds with a small and a larger nematic range, respectively, each for 5% as well as 10% cross-links. At 5% cross-link density the algebraic decay of the positional correlations of the smectic layers survives in finite-size domains, providing a sharp smectic-nematic transition. At an increased cross-link concentration of 10% the smectic order disappears and gives way to extended short-range layer correlations. In this situation neither a smectic-nematic nor a nematic-isotropic transition is observed anymore. The occurrence of disorder at a relatively large cross-link concentration only, indicates that smectic elastomers are rather resistant to a random field. The temperature dependence of the correlation lengths and thermoelastic behavior suggest a shift to a “parasmectic” regime of a first-order smectic-isotropic transition.

  8. Full-field characterization of a twisted nematic liquid-crystal device using equivalence theorem of a unitary optical system.

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    Yu, Chih-Jen; Tseng, Yao-Teng; Hsu, Kuei-Chu; Chou, Chien

    2012-01-10

    Based on the equivalence theorem of a unitary optical system, we proposed an analytical approach to characterize the cell parameters of a twisted nematic liquid-crystal device (TNLCD) with full-field resolution. The spatial distribution of three characteristic parameters of a TNLCD was measured by using a polarizer-sample-analyzer imaging polarimeter so that the untwisted phase retardation, cell thickness, and twisted angle of a TNLCD can be directly calculated through the explicit expressions as a function of the characteristic parameters. The measured results agree well with the given values. This method can be implemented for characterization of a TNLCD in the manufacturing process. PMID:22270521

  9. Simulation of a symmetric optical response from a hybrid-aligned structure of a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal

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    Ivanov, A. V.; Vakulin, D. A.

    2015-12-01

    To create a hybrid-aligned structure of a dual-frequency nematic liquid crystal (LC), we have obtained an approximate analytical solution of the system of equations that describes the dynamics of reorientations of the director under the action of a control electric signal of an arbitrary shape. Formulas obtained have been used to simulate a symmetric optical response of the LC structure for a sinusoidal electric pulse. It has been shown that, in terms of the used approximations, the results of the analytical calculation agree well with results of computer simulation and with experiment in the case of small deformations of the LC layer.

  10. Spin Nematics, Valence-Bond Solids, and Spin Liquids in SO(N) Quantum Spin Models on the Triangular Lattice.

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    Kaul, Ribhu K

    2015-10-01

    We introduce a simple model of SO(N) spins with two-site interactions which is amenable to quantum Monte Carlo studies without a sign problem on nonbipartite lattices. We present numerical results for this model on the two-dimensional triangular lattice where we find evidence for a spin nematic at small N, a valence-bond solid at large N, and a quantum spin liquid at intermediate N. By the introduction of a sign-free four-site interaction, we uncover a rich phase diagram with evidence for both first-order and exotic continuous phase transitions. PMID:26550748

  11. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of a viscous nematic liquid crystal: Evidence counter to a second-order phase change

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    Shutt, W. E.; Gelerinter, E.; Fryburg, G. C.; Sheley, C. F.

    1972-01-01

    The ordering in a viscous, nematic, liquid crystal was studied using vanadyl acetyl acetonate and several nitroxides as paramagnetic probes. The ordering curve for VAAC at both K-band and X-band shows a slope discontinuity at a reduced temperature of 0.85. This discontinuity is caused by the tumbling time of the VAAC becoming comparable with the hyperfine splitting. The slope discontinuity is not present in the ordering curves of the nitroxides. The results are taken as evidence counter to the presence of a second-order phase transition.

  12. Behavior of a thermotropic nematic liquid crystal confined to controlled pore glasses as studied by 129Xe NMR spectroscopy.

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    Tallavaara, Pekka; Telkki, Ville-Veikko; Jokisaari, Jukka

    2006-11-01

    The behavior of nematic liquid crystal (LC) Merck Phase 4 confined to controlled pore glass (CPG) materials was investigated using 129Xe nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of xenon gas dissolved in the LC. The average pore diameters of the materials varied from 81 to 2917 A, and the measurements were carried out within a wide temperature range (approximately 185-370 K). The spectra contain lots of information about the effect of confinement on the phase of the LC. The theoretical model of shielding of noble gases dissolved in liquid crystals on the basis of pairwise additivity approximation was applied to the analysis of the spectra. When pore diameter is small, smaller than approximately 150 A, xenon experiences on average an isotropic environment inside the pore, and no nematic-isotropic phase transition is observed. When the size is larger than approximately 150 A, nematic phase is observed, and the LC molecules are oriented along pore axis. The orientational order parameter of the LC, S, increases with increasing pore size. In the largest pores, the orientation of the molecules deviates from the pore axis direction to magnetic field direction, which implies that the size of the pores (approximately 3000 A) is close to magnetic coherence length. The decrease of magnetic coherence length with increasing temperature is clearly seen from the spectra. When the sample is cooled rapidly by immersing it in liquid nitrogen, xenon atoms do not squeeze out from the solid, as they do during gradual freezing, but they are occluded inside the solid lattice, and their chemical shift is very sensitive to crystal structure. This makes it possible to study the effect of confinement on the solid phases. According to the measured 129Xe NMR spectra, possibly three different solid phases are observed from bulk liquid crystal in the used temperature region. The same is also seen from the samples containing larger pores (pore size larger than approximately 500 A), and the

  13. Acoustical and optical investigations of the size effect in nematic-isotropic phase transition in liquid crystal microemulsions

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    Maksimochkin, G. I.; Pasechnik, S. V.; Lukin, A. V.

    2015-07-01

    The absorption of ultrasound (at a frequency of 2.7 MHz) and the depolarized light transmission and scattering (at a wavelength of 630 nm) in liquid crystal (LC) emulsions have been studied during the nematic-isotropic (N-I) phase transition in LC droplets with radii ranging from 150 to 2300 nm. The obtained acoustical and optical data are used to determine the influence of the droplet size on characteristics of the N-I phase transition. It is shown that the acoustical and optical characteristics of LC emulsions have good prospects to be used for the investigation of phase transitions in submicron samples.

  14. Coupled effects of director orientations and boundary conditions on light induced bending of monodomain nematic liquid crystalline polymer plates

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    You, Yue; Xu, Changwei; Ding, Shurong; Huo, Yongzhong

    2012-12-01

    A photo-chromic liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) is a smart material for large light-activated variation or bending to transfer luminous energy into mechanical energy. We study the light induced behavior by modeling planar and homeotropic nematic network polymer plates. We effectively illustrate some reported experimental outcomes and theoretically predict some possible bending patterns. This paper constructs an understanding between the bending behaviors and interactions among the alignments, aspect ratios and boundary conditions, etc. Our work provides information on optimizing light induced bending in the process of micro-opto-mechanical system (MOMS) design.

  15. Pretilt Angles of Vertically Aligned Nematic Liquid Crystal (NLC) with the Application of Copolymers Possessing Chalconyl and Cholesteryl Moieties

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    Hwang, Jeoung-Yeon; Seo, Dae-Shik; Son, Jong Ho; Suh, Dong Hack

    2000-11-01

    We performed the synthesis of a new copoly (M4Ch-ChMA), copoly ((4-methacryloyloxy) chalcone-cholestery methacrylate), with chalconyl and cholesteryl moiety characteristics for photoalignment materials. Good thermal stabilities of the synthesized copolymers are confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) measurement. The pretilt angles of the nematic liquid crystal (NLC) are reduced as UV exposure time is increased on the copolymer surfaces. A pretilt angle of 81° in NLC was observed with UV exposure of 3 min on the copolymer-3 surface. The NLCs pretilt angle is attributed to increased chalcone with increasing the UV exposure time.

  16. Space-time derivative estimates of the Koch-Tataru solutions to the nematic liquid crystal system in Besov spaces

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    Liu, Qiao

    2015-06-01

    In recent paper [7], Y. Du and K. Wang (2013) proved that the global-in-time Koch-Tataru type solution (u, d) to the n-dimensional incompressible nematic liquid crystal flow with small initial data (u0, d0) in BMO-1 × BMO has arbitrary space-time derivative estimates in the so-called Koch-Tataru space norms. The purpose of this paper is to show that the Koch-Tataru type solution satisfies the decay estimates for any space-time derivative involving some borderline Besov space norms.

  17. Liquid-Crystal Displays: Fabrication and Measurement of a Twisted Nematic Liquid-Crystal Cell

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    Waclawik, Eric R.; Ford, Michael J.; Hale, Penny S.; Shapter, Joe G.; Voelcker, Nico H.

    2004-01-01

    An experiment is developed for a laboratory course on nanostructures, as part of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in nanotechnology at Flinders University. Designed to demonstrate the relationship between molecular order and the optical dielectric properties of the liquid crystalline state, the experiment is shown to be a useful tool…

  18. Effect of surface viscosity, anchoring energy, and cell gap on the response time of nematic liquid crystals

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    Souza, R.F. de; Yang, D.-Ke; Lenzi, E.K.; Evangelista, L.R.; Zola, R.S.

    2014-07-15

    An analytical expression for the relaxation time of a nematic liquid crystal is obtained for the first time by considering the influence of surface viscosity, anchoring energy strength and cell gap, validated numerically by using the so-called relaxation method. This general equation for the molecular response time (τ{sub 0}) was derived for a vertical aligned cell and by solving an eigenvalue equation coming from the usual balance of torque equation in the Derzhanskii and Petrov formulation, recovering the usual equations in the appropriate limit. The results show that τ∼d{sup b}, where b=2 is observed only for strongly anchored cells, while for moderate to weak anchored cells, the exponent lies between 1 and 2, depending on both, surface viscosity and anchoring strength. We found that the surface viscosity is important when calculating the response time, specially for thin cells, critical for liquid crystal devices. The surface viscosity’s effect on the optical response time with pretilt is also explored. Our results bring new insights about the role of surface viscosity and its effects in applied physics. - Highlights: • The relaxation of nematic liquid crystals is calculated by taking the surface viscosity into account. • An analytical expression for the relaxation time depending on surface viscosity, anchoring strength and cell gap is obtained. • The results are numerically verified. • Surface viscosity is crucial for thin and weak anchored cells. • The effect on optical time and pretilt angle is also studied.

  19. Intrachain flexibility constraints on phase stabilities and odd-even effects in multiple smectic-A and nematic liquid crystals

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    Dowell, F.

    1988-07-01

    The importance of the flexibility of n-alkyl tail chains in real liquid-crystal systems is reviewed. Two new microscopic, molecular statistical-physics theories (a full statistical theory and a simpler but accurate approximate theory) for the intrachain constraints on the n-alkyl tail-chain flexibility are presented and are compared with each other and with an old, more approximate theory for tail-chain flexibility used in earlier papers. The new approximate approach is computationally much faster than the full statistical method and is the first treatment to generate and explain odd-even effects in multiple smectic-A phases and the first treatment to generate and explain odd-even effects in smectic-A and nematic phases without resorting to ad hoc or arbitrarily adjustable fits to experimental data. Phase stabilities and odd-even effects for various thermodynamic and molecular ordering properties are calculated in the smectic-A/sub 1/, smectic-A/sub d/, and nematic liquid-crystal phases and the isotropic liquid phase using the new approximate method. Some predictions and accompanying physical explanations are made for various systems that have not yet been chemically synthesized and/or experimentally studied.

  20. Electroconvection in nematic liquid crystals with positive dielectric and negative conductivity anisotropy.

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    Buka, A; Dressel, B; Otowski, W; Camara, K; Toth-Katona, T; Kramer, L; Lindau, J; Pelzl, G; Pesch, W

    2002-11-01

    Electroconvection in an unusual nematic compound with strongly positive dielectric anisotropy and negative anisotropy of the conductivity is investigated. For homeotropic alignment, where one has a direct transition to rolls or squares depending on the frequency of the applied voltage, we present a quantitative theory. From the comparison we infer values for some viscosities, which are rather unusual, but not unreasonable in view of the vicinity of the nematic-smectic transition. For planar alignment, electroconvection sets in above a splay Freedericksz transition with "parallel rolls," which is also captured by the theory.

  1. Topological defects and self-assembly of cuboidal colloidal particles with sharp edges in a nematic liquid crystal

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    de Pablo, Juan J.; Sadati, Monirosadat; Armas-Perez, Julio C.; Soni, Vishal; Irvine, William T. M.

    The geometry of colloidal particles defines the topology and self-assembly of colloidal superstructures in nematic liquid crystals. Past research has largely focused on the defects that arise around spherical colloids, and the defect-induced aggregation between them. In this work, we examine experimentally and theoretically, the effect of edge curvature of colloidal particles on their defect configurations and self-assembly in a nematic liquid crystal (5CB). The polarized images of the particles with homeotropic surface anchoring in 5CB show that the presence of sharp edges can reshape completely the defect ring. The defect makes sharp turns and follows the edge of the cube particles, which significantly affects the interaction between particles and their eventual self-assembly. In agreement with our experimental results, our computational studies indicate that the gradual increase of the edges sharpness that occurs as we transition from spheres to cubes, changes the defect structure from a Saturn ring to a twisted ring, which is pinned to the edges of the cube particle. The wide variety of topological defects achievable by changing the curvature could provide new tools to tune colloidal self-assembly.

  2. Influence of virtual surfaces on Frank elastic constants in a polymer-stabilized bent-core nematic liquid crystal

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    Madhuri, P. Lakshmi; Hiremath, Uma S.; Yelamaggad, C. V.; Madhuri, K. Priya; Prasad, S. Krishna

    2016-04-01

    Effect of a polymer network on the threshold voltage of the Fréedericksz transition, Frank elastic constants, switching speed, and the rotational viscosity are investigated in a polymer-stabilized bent-core nematic liquid crystal with different polymer concentrations. These polymer networks form virtual surfaces with a finite anchoring energy. The studies bring out several differences in comparison to similar studies with a calamitic liquid crystal as the nematic host. For example, on varying the polymer content the threshold voltage decreases initially, but exhibits a drastic increase above a critical concentration. A similar feature—reaching a minimum before rising—is seen for the bend elastic constant, which gets enhanced by an order of magnitude for a polymer content of 2.5 wt %. In contrast, the splay elastic constant has a monotonic variation although the overall enhancement is comparable to that of the bend elastic constant. The behavior changing at a critical concentration is also seen for the switching time and the associated rotational viscosity. The presence of the polymer also induces a shape change in the thermal dependence of the bend elastic constant. We explain the features observed here on the basis of images obtained from the optical and atomic force microscopy.

  3. Fractional quantum Hall and nematic liquid crystal phases in a variable density two-dimensional electron system

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    Brandsen, S.; Pollanen, J.; Eisenstein, J. P.; Pfieffer, L. N.; West, K. W.

    2015-03-01

    At high magnetic field, Coulomb interactions in a two-dimensional electron system (2DES) lead to a wide variety of collective phases, including the fractional quantum Hall fluids and the nematic liquid crystals found at high Landau level occupancy. In order to examine the density dependence of these quantum states, we have developed a new sample architecture consisting of a highly doped, yet transparent, conducting cap layer grown atop a conventional modulation-doped heterojunction where the 2DES resides. Separate contacts to the 2DES and the cap layer allow the latter to function as a gate for tuning the 2DES density both before and after low temperature illumination. After illustrating the basic functioning of this structure, we will report results on the density dependence of various quantum Hall and nematic liquid crystal phases of the 2DES. This work was supported by the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, an NSF Physics Frontiers Center with support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF1250.

  4. Ordering Transitions in Nematic Liquid Crystals Induced by Vesicles Captured through Ligand-Receptor Interactions

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    Tan, Lie Na; Bertics, Paul J.; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2011-01-01

    We report that phospholipid vesicles incorporating ligands, when captured from solution onto surfaces presenting receptors for these ligands, can trigger surface-induced orientational ordering transitions in nematic phases of 4′-pentyl-4-cyanobiphenyl (5CB). Specifically, whereas avidin-functionalized surfaces incubated against vesicles comprised of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) were observed to cause the liquid crystal (LC) to adopt a parallel orientation at the surfaces, the same surfaces incubated against biotinylated vesicles (DOPC and 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-(biotinyl) (biotin-DOPE)) caused homeotropic (perpendicular) ordering of the LC. The use of a combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM), ellipsometry and quantitative fluorimetry, performed as a function of vesicle composition and vesicle concentration in solution, revealed the capture of intact vesicles containing 1% biotin-DOPE from buffer at the avidin-functionalized surfaces; subsequent exposure to water prior to contact with the LC, however, resulted in rupture of the majority of vesicles into interfacial multilayer assemblies with a maximum phospholipid loading set by random close-packing of the intact vesicles captured initially on the surface (5.1 ± 0.2 phospholipid molecules/nm2). At high concentrations of biotinylated lipid (> 10% biotin-DOPE) in the vesicles, the limiting lipid loading was measured to be 4.0 ± 0.3 phospholipid molecules/nm2, consistent with the maximum phospholipid loading set by spontaneous formation of a bilayer during incubation with the biotinylated vesicles. Independent of the initial morphology of the phospholipid assembly captured on the surface (intact vesicle, planar multilayer), we measured homeotropic ordering of the LC on the surfaces. We interpret this result to infer reorganization of the phospholipid bilayers either prior to or upon contact with the LCs such that interactions of the acyl chains of the phospholipid

  5. Acousto-optic effect in a nematic liquid-crystal layer under the binary effect of sound and viscous waves

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    Kozhevnikov, E. N.

    2010-03-15

    The optical effect in a liquid crystal cell containing a homeotropic layer of nematic liquid crystal (NLC) is analyzed. An NLC layer, located between crossed polaroids and opaque in the absence of external effect, is cleared after irradiation by an ultrasonic beam with a sharp spatial boundary. This enlightenment is suggested to be caused by the reorientation of crystal molecules in the acoustic flows that arise under the binary effect of the layer compression in the irradiated region and the viscous waves propagating from the layer boundaries. The flows were calculated taking into account the stress caused by the velocity convection and crystal structure relaxation. An expression is derived for the cell transparency, and the relative role of the convection and relaxation processes in the effect is determined.

  6. Electrically controllable plasmonic enhanced coherent random lasing from dye-doped nematic liquid crystals containing Au nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Lei; Wan, Yuan; Shi, Lijie; Zhong, Haizheng; Deng, Luogen

    2016-08-01

    An electrically controllable plasmonic enhanced coherent random lasing from the dye-doped nematic liquid crystal containing Au nanoparticles is demonstrated. To achieve the optimal control of the RL properties, the polarization of the pump light should be parallel to the rubbing direction of the cells. The lasing output intensity is direction-dependent and the substantial output distributes in an angle range of 0°~30° deviating from the direction of the pump stripe. The coherent feedback associated with the coherent random lasing mainly originates from the cooperative effect of the enhanced localized electric field in the vicinity of Au nanoparticles and the multiple scattering caused by the fluctuations of the liquid crystal director and local dielectric tensor. PMID:27505729

  7. Laser-driven microflow-induced bistable orientation of a nematic liquid crystal in perfluoropolymer-treated unrubbed cells.

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    Jampani, V S R; Skarabot, M; Takezoe, H; Muševič, I; Dhara, S

    2013-01-14

    We demonstrate laser-driven microflow-induced orientational change (homeotropic to planar) in a dye-doped nematic liquid crystal. The homeotropic to planar director alignment is achieved in unrubbed cells in the thermal hysteresis range of a discontinuous anchoring reorientation transition due to the local heating by light absorption in dye-doped sample. Various bistable patterns were recorded in the cell by a programmable laser tweezers. The width of the patterns depend on the scanning speed of the tightly focussed laser beam and the minimum width obtained is approximately equal to 0.57μm which is about 35 times smaller than the earlier report in the rubbed cells. We show that the motion of the microbeam spot causes local flow as a result the liquid crystal director is aligned along that direction. PMID:23388965

  8. The effect of initial alignment on the optical properties of Fe3O4 nanoparticles doped in nematic liquid crystals

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    Dehghani, Z.; Iranizad, E. Saievar

    2014-02-01

    Recently the nonlinear effects of the different materials doped liquid crystals are more interesting. In all previous works, nonlinearity of samples with the homeotropic alignment is investigated because of the larger component of the refractive index in this direction. Here, there are spherical Fe3O4 nanoparticles that have both parallel and perpendicular components. We were looking for the effect of initial alignment on the nonlinearity of pure and doped nematic liquid crystals (NLCs). The experimental results emphasize, even the same compositional percentage of nanoparticles prepared by two different alignment configurations are showing different results when dispersed in the same NLCs. Comparing nonlinear studies, the magnitude of nonlinear refraction index, n2 and nonlinear absorption coefficient, β increase 102 and 101 times, respectively, in homeotropic alignment samples and the sign of these parameters is changed rather than homogeneous ones.

  9. Significant Enhancement of the Chiral Correlation Length in Nematic Liquid Crystals by Gold Nanoparticle Surfaces Featuring Axially Chiral Binaphthyl Ligands.

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    Mori, Taizo; Sharma, Anshul; Hegmann, Torsten

    2016-01-26

    Chirality is a fundamental scientific concept best described by the absence of mirror symmetry and the inability to superimpose an object onto its mirror image by translation and rotation. Chirality is expressed at almost all molecular levels, from single molecules to supramolecular systems, and present virtually everywhere in nature. Here, to explore how chirality propagates from a chiral nanoscale surface, we study gold nanoparticles functionalized with axially chiral binaphthyl molecules. In particular, we synthesized three enantiomeric pairs of chiral ligand-capped gold nanoparticles differing in size, curvature, and ligand density to tune the chirality transfer from nanoscale solid surfaces to a bulk anisotropic liquid crystal medium. Ultimately, we are examining how far the chirality from a nanoparticle surface reaches into a bulk material. Circular dichroism spectra of the gold nanoparticles decorated with binaphthyl thiols confirmed that the binaphthyl moieties form a cisoid conformation in isotropic organic solvents. In the chiral nematic liquid crystal phase, induced by dispersing the gold nanoparticles into an achiral anisotropic nematic liquid crystal solvent, the binaphthyl moieties on the nanoparticle surface form a transoid conformation as determined by imaging the helical twist direction of the induced cholesteric phase. This suggests that the ligand density on the nanoscale metal surfaces provides a dynamic space to alter and adjust the helicity of binaphthyl derivatives in response to the ordering of the surrounding medium. The helical pitch values of the induced chiral nematic phase were determined, and the helical twisting power (HTP) of the chiral gold nanoparticles calculated to elucidate the chirality transfer efficiency of the binaphthyl ligand capped gold nanoparticles. Remarkably, the HTP increases with increasing diameter of the particles, that is, the efficiency of the chirality transfer of the binaphthyl units bound to the nanoparticle

  10. Formation of a 1,8-octanedithiol self-assembled monolayer on Au(111) prepared in a lyotropic liquid-crystalline medium.

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    García Raya, Daniel; Madueño, Rafael; Blázquez, Manuel; Pineda, Teresa

    2010-07-20

    A characterization of the 1,8-octanedithiol (ODT) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed from a Triton X-100 lyotropic medium has been conducted by electrochemical techniques. It is found that an ODT layer of standing-up molecules is obtained at short modification time without removing oxygen from the medium. The electrochemical study shows that the ODT layer formed after 15 min of modification time has similar electron-transfer blocking properties to the layers formed from organic solvents at much longer modification times. On the basis of XPS data, it is demonstrated that the inability to bind gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is due to the presence of extra ODT molecules either interdigited or on top of the layer. Treatment consisting of an acid washing step following the formation of the ODT-Au(111) SAM produces a layer that is able to attach AuNPs as demonstrated by electrochemical techniques and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images.

  11. Formation of a 1,8-octanedithiol self-assembled monolayer on Au(111) prepared in a lyotropic liquid-crystalline medium.

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    García Raya, Daniel; Madueño, Rafael; Blázquez, Manuel; Pineda, Teresa

    2010-07-20

    A characterization of the 1,8-octanedithiol (ODT) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed from a Triton X-100 lyotropic medium has been conducted by electrochemical techniques. It is found that an ODT layer of standing-up molecules is obtained at short modification time without removing oxygen from the medium. The electrochemical study shows that the ODT layer formed after 15 min of modification time has similar electron-transfer blocking properties to the layers formed from organic solvents at much longer modification times. On the basis of XPS data, it is demonstrated that the inability to bind gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is due to the presence of extra ODT molecules either interdigited or on top of the layer. Treatment consisting of an acid washing step following the formation of the ODT-Au(111) SAM produces a layer that is able to attach AuNPs as demonstrated by electrochemical techniques and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images. PMID:20578682

  12. Nematic-field-driven positioning of particles in liquid crystal droplets.

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    Whitmer, Jonathan K; Wang, Xiaoguang; Mondiot, Frederic; Miller, Daniel S; Abbott, Nicholas L; de Pablo, Juan J

    2013-11-27

    Common nematic oils, such as 5CB, experience planar anchoring at aqueous interfaces. When these oils are emulsified, this anchoring preference and the resulting topological constraints lead to the formation of droplets that exhibit one or two point defects within the nematic phase. Here, we explore the interactions of adsorbed particles at the aqueous interface through a combination of experiments and coarse-grained modeling, and demonstrate that surface-active particles, driven by elastic forces in the droplet, readily localize to these defect regions in a programmable manner. When droplets include two nanoparticles, these preferentially segregate to the two poles, thereby forming highly regular dipolar structures that could serve for hierarchical assembly of functional structures. Addition of sufficient concentrations of surfactant changes the interior morphology of the droplet, but pins defects to the interface, resulting in aggregation of the two particles.

  13. Wetting transition of a nematic liquid crystal on a periodic wedge-structured substrate.

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    Patricio, P; Pham, C-T; Romero-Enrique, J M

    2008-01-01

    It is known that the wetting behaviour of a fluid is deeply altered by the presence of rough or structured substrates. We first review some simple considerations about isotropic fluids and rough substrates, and then we generalize Wenzel's law, which assigns an effective contact angle to a droplet on a rough substrate, when the wetting layer has an ordered phase, like a nematic. We estimate the conditions for which the wetting behavior of an ordered fluid can be qualitatively different from that usually found in a simple fluid. To support our general considerations, we use the Landau-de Gennes mean field approach to investigate theoretically and numerically the wetting transition of a nematic phase on a periodic triangular structured substrate.

  14. Nematic-Field Driven Positioning of Particles in Liquid Crystal Droplets

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    Whitmer, Jonathan K.; Wang, Xiaoguang; Mondiot, Frederic; Miller, Daniel S.; Abbott, Nicholas L.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-01-01

    Common nematic oils, such as 5CB, experience planar anchoring at aqueous interfaces. When these oils are emulsified, this anchoring preference and the resulting topological constraints lead to formation of droplets that exhibit one or two point defects within the nematic phase. Here, we explore the interactions of adsorbed particles at the aqueous interface through a combination of experiments and coarse-grained modeling, and demonstrate that surface-active particles, driven by elastic forces in the droplet, readily localize to these defect regions in a programmable manner. When droplets include two nanoparticles, these preferentially segregate to the two poles, thereby forming highly regular dipolar structures that could serve for hierarchical assembly of functional structures. Addition of sufficient concentrations of surfactant changes the interior morphology of the droplet, but pins defects to the interface, resulting in aggregation of the two particles. PMID:24329470

  15. Effect of smectic short-range order on the discontinuous anchoring transition in nematic liquid crystals

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    Sai, D. Venkata; Kumar, T. Arun; Haase, W.; Roy, Arun; Dhara, Surajit

    2014-07-01

    We report studies on the temperature dependent alignment behavior of a homologous series of trans, trans- 4, 4'-dialkyl-(1α,1' α-bicyclohexyl)-4β-carbonitrile (CCNs) on a perfluoropolymer coated cells. Among six compounds in the series, one (CCN-35) has only nematic phase and the remaining five have either smectic-A or smectic-B in addition to the nematic phase. We simultaneously performed temperature dependent dielectric measurements and optical polarising microscope observation. It is found that except for CCN-35 and CCN-73, the remaining four compounds exhibit discontinuous anchoring transition from planar to homeotropic and vice versa with increasing thermal hysteresis. We developed a simple theory taking into account the effect of smectic short-range order at the substrates to explain the experimental observations.

  16. Effect of smectic short-range order on the discontinuous anchoring transition in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Sai, D Venkata; Kumar, T Arun; Haase, W; Roy, Arun; Dhara, Surajit

    2014-07-28

    We report studies on the temperature dependent alignment behavior of a homologous series of trans, trans- 4, 4'-dialkyl-(1α,1' α-bicyclohexyl)-4β-carbonitrile (CCNs) on a perfluoropolymer coated cells. Among six compounds in the series, one (CCN-35) has only nematic phase and the remaining five have either smectic-A or smectic-B in addition to the nematic phase. We simultaneously performed temperature dependent dielectric measurements and optical polarising microscope observation. It is found that except for CCN-35 and CCN-73, the remaining four compounds exhibit discontinuous anchoring transition from planar to homeotropic and vice versa with increasing thermal hysteresis. We developed a simple theory taking into account the effect of smectic short-range order at the substrates to explain the experimental observations. PMID:25084936

  17. Effect of smectic short-range order on the discontinuous anchoring transition in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Sai, D Venkata; Kumar, T Arun; Haase, W; Roy, Arun; Dhara, Surajit

    2014-07-28

    We report studies on the temperature dependent alignment behavior of a homologous series of trans, trans- 4, 4'-dialkyl-(1α,1' α-bicyclohexyl)-4β-carbonitrile (CCNs) on a perfluoropolymer coated cells. Among six compounds in the series, one (CCN-35) has only nematic phase and the remaining five have either smectic-A or smectic-B in addition to the nematic phase. We simultaneously performed temperature dependent dielectric measurements and optical polarising microscope observation. It is found that except for CCN-35 and CCN-73, the remaining four compounds exhibit discontinuous anchoring transition from planar to homeotropic and vice versa with increasing thermal hysteresis. We developed a simple theory taking into account the effect of smectic short-range order at the substrates to explain the experimental observations.

  18. Electric and Magnetic Field-Assisted Orientational Transitions in the Ensembles of Domains in a Nematic Liquid Crystal on the Polymer Surface

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    Parshin, Alexander M.; Gunyakov, Vladimir A.; Zyryanov, Victor Y.; Shabanov, Vasily F.

    2014-01-01

    Using electro- and magneto-optical techniques, we investigated orientational transitions in the ensembles of domains in a nematic liquid crystal on the polycarbonate film surface under the conditions of competing surface forces that favor radial and uniform planar alignment of nematic molecules. Having analyzed field dependences of the intensity of light passed through a sample, we established the threshold character of the orientational effects, plotted the calculated intensity versus magnetic coherence length, and compared the latter with the equilibrium length that characterizes the balance of forces on the polymer surface. PMID:25279586

  19. Non-Newtonian rheological properties of shearing nematic liquid crystal model systems based on the Gay-Berne potential.

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    Sarman, Sten; Wang, Yong-Lei; Laaksonen, Aatto

    2015-07-01

    The viscosities and normal stress differences of various liquid crystal model systems based on the Gay-Berne potential have been obtained as functions of the shear rate in the non-Newtonian regime. Various molecular shapes such as regular convex calamitic and discotic ellipsoids and non-convex shapes such as bent core molecules and soft ellipsoid strings have been examined. The isotropic phases were found to be shear thinning with the shear rate dependence of the viscosity following a power law in the same way as alkanes and other non-spherical molecules. The nematic phases turned out to be shear thinning but the logarithm of the viscosity proved to be an approximately linear function of the square root of the shear rate. The normal stress differences were found to display a more or less parabolic dependence on the shear rate in the isotropic phase whereas this dependence was linear at low to intermediate shear rates in the nematic phase. PMID:26055543

  20. Homeotropic alignment of nematic liquid crystals by a photocross-linkable organic monomer containing dual photofunctional groups.

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    Zhao, Dongyu; Huang, Wei; Cao, Hui; Zheng, Yudong; Wang, Guojie; Yang, Zhou; Yang, Huai

    2009-03-12

    In this paper, we report a novel organic monomer containing dual photocross-linkable groups and success in realizing photoinduced homeotropic alignment of nematic liquid crystals (LCs) with it. It was first revealed that direct irradiation of the photoalignment thin film with nonpolarized ultraviolet (UV) light at 365.0 nm brought out homeotropic orientation of the photopolymer as a result of the photocross-linking of the dual photoreactive groups. When the thin film was obliquely irradiated with nonpolarized UV light, the pretilt angles of nematic LC were generated. Interestingly, we find that the hydrophobicity of the photopolymer increases with increasing irradiation time. In discussing the mechanism of the homeotropic alignment, it was found that the incorporation of the dual photofunctional group of the photoalignment molecules as well as the extreme hydrophobicity of the photopolymer play the essential roles. This monomer cross-linked film is expected as a promising homeotropic alignment film with rubbing-free processing for the fabrication of advanced vertical alignment LC displays. PMID:19260712