Phase transition between fluid and elastic smectic blue phases

@inproceedings{Yamamoto2005PhaseTB,
  title={Phase transition between fluid and elastic smectic blue phases},
  author={Jun-ichi Yamamoto and Isa Nishiyama and Hiroshi Yokoyama},
  year={2005}
}
We have investigated the mixture of monomer and dimer chiral liquid crystal molecules. Optical and x-ray measurements confirm the simultaneous existence of two types of liquid crystalline orders—the smectic layer and the helix—in both the smectic blue phases, SmBPX1 and SmBPX3. However, the order parameters of both the orders are small compared to those of the homogeneous smectic-A and cholesteric phases. Since the microscopic structure factor is similar in both phases, it is reasonable to… CONTINUE READING

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