Ring-Pattern Dynamics in Smectic-C*and Smectic-CA*Freely Suspended Liquid Crystal Films

D. R. Link, L. Radzihovsky, G. Natale, J. E. Maclennan, N. A. Clark, M. Walsh, S. S. Keast, M. E. Neubert
<span title="2000-06-19">2000</span> <i title="American Physical Society (APS)"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/pkmpevvs3bgkhal5dvrmsu5mvq" style="color: black;">Physical Review Letters</a> </i> &nbsp;
Ring patterns of concentric 2pi-solitons in molecular orientation, form in freely suspended chiral smectic-C films in response to an in-plane rotating electric field. We present measurements of the zero-field relaxation of ring patterns and of the driven dynamics of ring formation under conditions of synchronous winding, and a simple model which enables their quantitative description in low polarization DOBAMBC. In smectic C_A* TFMHPOBC we observe an odd-even layer number effect, with odd
more &raquo; ... layer films exhibiting order of magnitude slower relaxation rates than even layer films. We show that this rate difference is due to much larger spontaneous polarization in odd number layer films.
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