Department of Physics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

12-18-2009

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Suggested Citation:
Matsumoto, E., G.P. Alexander and R.D. Kamien. (2009). "Helical Nanofilaments and the High Chirality Limit of Smectics A." Physical Review Letters 103, 257804.

© 2009 The American Physical Socity
http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.257804

Abstract

Liquid crystalline systems exhibiting both macroscopic chirality and smectic order experience frustration resulting in mesophases possessing complex three-dimensional order. In the twist-grainboundary phase, defect lattices mediate the propagation of twist throughout the system. We propose a new chiral smectic structure composed of a lattice of chiral bundles as a model of the helical nanofilament (B4) phase of bent-core smectics.

 

Date Posted: 23 November 2010

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