Strain analysis of a chiral smectic-A elastomer.

  title={Strain analysis of a chiral smectic-A elastomer.},
  author={Christopher M. Spillmann and John H Konnert and James M. Adams and Jeffrey R. Deschamps and Jawad Naciri and Banahalli Ratna},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={82 3 Pt 1},
We present a detailed analysis of the molecular packing of a strained liquid crystal elastomer composed of chiral mesogens in the smectic-A phase. X-ray diffraction patterns of the elastomer collected over a range of orientations with respect to the x-ray beam were used to reconstruct the three-dimensional scattering intensity as a function of tensile strain. We show that the smectic domain order is preserved in these strained elastomers. Changes in the intensity within a given scattering plane… CONTINUE READING