Effects of composition on thermo-optical properties of (side chain smectic-A liquid crystalline polymer/low molecular weight nematic liquid crystal/chiral dopant) ternary composite system

Huai Yang, Hirokazu Yamane, Hirotsugu Kikuchi, Tisato Kajiyama

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Abstract

A drastic change from a transparent smectic-A (SmA) phase to a light-scattering chiral nematic (N*) one is achieved in [side chain smectic-A liquid crystalline polymer (SCSmALCP)/low molecular weight nematic liquid crystal (LMWNLC)/chiral dopant] a ternary composite system with a homeotropic boundary condition. The light-scattering state of the induced N* phase can be resumed into the initially transparent SmA phase on cooling slowly, and be frozen in the SmA phase on cooling rapidly. The effects of the composition of the ternary composite system on such thermo-optical characteristics are investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-202
Number of pages24
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology Section A: Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Volume312
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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