Nematic twist–bend phase in an external field

  title={Nematic twist–bend phase in an external field},
  author={Grzegorz Pajak and Lech Longa and Agnieszka Chrzanowska},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={E10303 - E10312}
Significance The twist–bend nematic liquid crystalline phase is the fifth nematic structure recognized in nature [Chen D, et al. (2013) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110:15931–15936], and its stabilization is explained by assuming a coupling between polar and nematic orderings. It exhibits macroscopically chiral heliconical orientational order on the 10-nm scale and represents a unique example of spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking for a system of achiral molecules. Understanding how an external… Expand
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