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Nematic molecules confined in an asymmetric π cell and subjected to strong electric fields exhibit textural distortions involving nematic order variations, described by the Landau-de Gennes Q-tensor theory. We investigated the evolution of order variations as function of the applied electric pulse amplitude and of the nematic surface pretilt anchoring(More)
Thermotropic nematic materials relax strong distortions by lowering the nematic order: the uniaxial symmetry is broken and is locally replaced by biaxial domains. We investigated the dynamics of the nematic order near a boundary surface of an asymmetric π-cell submitted to an external electric field, close to the electric order reconstruction threshold. An(More)
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