Smectic layer structure of ferroelectric liquid crystal formed between fine polymer fibres

Hideo Fujikake, Takashi Toyooka, Takeshi Murashige, Hiroto Sato, Yoshiki Iino, Masahiro Kawakita, Hiroshi Kikuchi

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Abstract

This paper describes the alignment of ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) structures formed between aligned polymer fibres, where the FLC smectic layers are determined by polarising microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The FLC/polymer composite films were formed from a nematic phase FLC/monomer solution using a photopolymerisation-induced phase separation method. It was found that bending of the FLC smectic layers was induced in both the film plane and the cross-sectional plane at the phase transition from smectic A to chiral smectic C of the FLC material. The light transmittance properties of the composite film between crossed polarizers was analysed by light propagation simulation in several optical anisotropic media, based on the evaluated smectic layer model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-887
Number of pages7
JournalLiquid Crystals
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Aug 26
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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