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Liquid Crystal – Solid Interface

  • Lev M. Blinov
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Abstract

Now we are interested in phenomena at an interface between a liquid crystal and another phase (gas, liquid or solid) [1, 2]. Why is it important? First, the structure of a liquid crystal in a thin interfacial layer is different from that in the bulk and manifests many novel features. Second, the interface plays a decisive role in applications, because liquid crystals are always used in a confined geometry. There are two approaches to the surface problems, microscopic and macroscopic. In the first approach, we are interested in a structure and properties of interfacial liquid crystal layers at the molecular level; in the second one, we ignore the microscopic details and use only symmetry properties and the concept of the director.

Keywords

Liquid Crystal Nematic Liquid Crystal Easy Axis Nematic Phase Free Energy Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Russian Academy of Sciences Inst. CrystallographyMoscowRussia

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