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Self-assembly of biaxial ordering and molecular tilt angle of chiral smectic liquid crystals in homeotropically aligned cells investigated using infrared spectroscopy

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  • R. Korlacki
  • A. Fukuda
  • J. K. Vij
  • A. Kocot
  • V. Görtz
  • M. Hird
  • J. W. Goodby
Article number041704
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/10/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review E
Issue number4
Number of pages9
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Temperature dependences of the infrared absorbance have been measured for the four chiral liquid crystal samples in the homeotropic cell configuration. It is shown that the values of the orientational order parameter obtained using this method exhibit a remarkable similarity to the x-ray diffraction results of the smectic layer spacing and lead to accurate values of the molecular tilt angle. This has important consequences for the existing interpretation of the x-ray data. The proposed method, in many cases, may be considered as a valuable alternative to the x-ray diffraction, giving additional, important information about the orientations and the ordering of the molecular fragments. It is found that if the experimentally obtained order parameter is low, then the molecular biaxiality is exceptionally large. The average phenyl ring plane is found to lie close to the molecular tilt plane.

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