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Electric-field-induced phase transitions in bent-core mesogens determined by x-ray diffraction

AuthorsOrtega, Josu; Folcia, César L.; Etxebarria, Jesús; Martínez-Perdiguero, J.; Gallastegui, J. A.; Ferrer, Pilar ; Gimeno, Nélida; Ros, M. Blanca
Issue DateAug-2011
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
CitationPhysical Review E 84(2): 021707 (2011)
AbstractThe changes in the x-ray diffraction diagram induced by an electric field have been studied in four bent-core liquid crystals. Two of the compounds present columnar B1 phases and the other two show dark conglomerate (DC) structures. In the B1 materials the electric field gives rise to switchable phases whose diffraction pattern is that of the smectic C polar (SmCP) phase. In the DC structures the positions of the Bragg reflections remain essentially unaltered, but in one of the compounds the peaks become narrower under field, indicating that the correlation length of the smectic order increases. A slight enhancement of the smectic spacing is found in the DC phases upon field application.
Description7 páginas, 9 figuras.-- PACS number(s): 61.30.−v, 61.05.cf, 64.70.mj
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.84.021707
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