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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.
Matsumoto, E. A., Alexander, G. P., & Kamien, R. D. (2009). Helical Nanofilaments and the High Chiralty Limit of Smectics A. Retrieved from http://repository.upenn.edu/physics_papers/45
Date Posted: 23 November 2010
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