Structural forces in liquid crystalline blue phases

Jun Ichi Fukuda, Slobodan Žumer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


We show numerically that the interaction potential or force mediated by a liquid crystalline blue phase (BP) between two parallel plates exhibits oscillatory behavior with variation of the interplate distance, when the parallel plates impose strong normal anchoring. Its periodicity is approximately half of the unit-cell dimension of the bulk BP. The interaction arises from the deformation of the confined BP structure around the midplane of the system. The oscillatory interaction can be regarded as a clear manifestation of the BP ordering, because the cholesteric helical alignment adopted by a chiral liquid crystal cannot yield an oscillatory interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number040701
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 19 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Structural forces in liquid crystalline blue phases'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this