Wetting of cholesteric liquid crystals

  • Nuno M. SilvestreEmail author
  • Maria Carolina Figueirinhas Pereira
  • Nelson R. Bernardino
  • Margarida M. Telo da Gama
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Wetting and Drying: Physics and Pattern Formation


We investigate theoretically the wetting properties of cholesteric liquid crystals at a planar substrate. If the properties of substrate and of the interface are such that the cholesteric layers are not distorted, the wetting properties are similar to those of a nematic liquid crystal. If, on the other hand, the anchoring conditions force the distortion of the liquid crystal layers the wetting properties are altered, the free cholesteric-isotropic interface is non-planar and there is a layer of topological defects close to the substrate. These deformations can either promote or hinder the wetting of the substrate by a cholesteric, depending on the properties of the cholesteric liquid crystal.

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Topical Issue: Wetting and Drying: Physics and Pattern Formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuno M. Silvestre
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Carolina Figueirinhas Pereira
    • 1
  • Nelson R. Bernardino
    • 1
  • Margarida M. Telo da Gama
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Física Teórica e Computacional and Departamento de FísicaFaculdade de Ciências, Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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