Nonmonotonic behavior of the nematic tilt angle in a temperature-induced surface transition.

Abstract

We report on a nonmonotonic temperature behavior of the pretilt in cells containing polymers as alignment layers. The latter are very promising since they enable control of the anchoring of the liquid crystal. We show that such a behavior cannot be interpreted by the standard Landau or mean-field theory. We propose a generalization of the mean-field model… (More)

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