Shear properties of the molecularly confined liquid crystals

Joanna Janik, Rafael Tadmor, Jacob Klein

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Using a surface force balance, the orientation of a nematic liquid crystal (6CB) confined between mica surfaces, and its response to shear under extreme confinement was examined. Slow transitions (over a period of days) from a planar twisted to a planar orientation were observed in certain conditions. We propose that these are associated with anchoring transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-326
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventLiquid Crystals: Physics, Technology and Applications - Zakopane, Poland
Duration: 3 Mar 19978 Mar 1997


  • Confined liquid crystals
  • Surface forces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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