Topology-dependent self-structure mediation and efficient energy conversion in heat-flux-driven rotors of cholesteric droplets

@article{Yoshioka2018TopologydependentSM,
  title={Topology-dependent self-structure mediation and efficient energy conversion in heat-flux-driven rotors of cholesteric droplets},
  author={J. Yoshioka and F. Araoka},
  journal={Nature Communications},
  year={2018},
  volume={9}
}
When heat flux is applied to a chiral liquid crystal, unidirectional rotation is induced around the flux axis, as first discovered by Otto Lehmann in 1900. In recent years, this heat-flux-induced phenomenon has been studied mostly in droplets of cholesteric liquid crystals undergoing phase transition from the isotropic to cholesteric phase, i.e., in the coexistence region, which occurs over a very narrow temperature range. Here, we report that the heat-flux-induced rotation can be stabilised by… Expand
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