The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 385–388 | Cite as

Main-chain smectic liquid-crystalline polymers as randomly disordered systems

  • A. S. Muresan
  • B. I. Ostrovskii
  • A. Sánchez-Ferrer
  • H. Finkelmann
  • W. H. de JeuEmail author
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We report a high-resolution X-ray lineshape study of main-chain smectic polymers. The results indicate that the layer ordering differs fundamentally from the algebraic decay typical for other smectic liquid-crystalline systems. The lineshapes are best described by broad squared Lorentzians indicating some form of short-range correlations. However, several higher harmonics are observed, which excludes simple liquid-like short-range order. This behaviour is tentatively attributed to a random field of defects associated with entangled hairpins in the main-chain polymer structure.


61.30.-v Liquid crystals 64.60.Cn Order-disorder transformations; statistical mechanics of model systems 61.10.Eq X-ray scattering (including small-angle scattering) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Muresan
    • 1
  • B. I. Ostrovskii
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Sánchez-Ferrer
    • 3
  • H. Finkelmann
    • 3
  • W. H. de Jeu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular PhysicsAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of CrystallographyAcademy of Sciences of RussiaMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institut für Makromolekulare ChemieUniverstät FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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