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Picosecond polarized fluorescence studies of oxazine 4 motion and order in nematic and isotropic phases of 5-, 6-, and 7-cyanobiphenyl
Author(s): Eugenio M. Monge; Jason Bryant; Bojan Obradovic; Andrian Harsono; Angus J. Bain
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Paper Abstract

Picosecond fluorescence anisotropy and lifetime measurements are used to investigate the orientational dynamics and steady state order of the fluorescent probe oxazine 4 in the nematic and isotropic phases of 5, 6 and 7 cyanobiphenyl. Variation of the excitation polarization angle β with respect to the nematic director allows the preparation of both cylindrically symmetric and asymmetrically aligned probe distributions whose relaxation dynamics are sensitive to both θ and φ motions yielding two characteristic relaxation times: τ20 (pure θ-diffusion) and τ22 (predominantly φ-diffusion). Analysis of the fluorescence intensity decays for excitation polarisation angles of β=0° and β=54.7° allows a determination of the effect of local field and differential reflection losses without the measurement of sample refractive indices. A striking feature of oxazine 4 dynamics in the approach to the nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature (TNI) is that whilst θ diffusion shows a characteristic Arrhenius temperature dependence, the rate of diffusion in the φ coordinate is reduced as the system becomes less ordered. In the isotropic phase over a 50°C temperature range above TNI the fluorescence anisotropy is characterised by two correlation times consistent with restricted rotational diffusion (intra-domain relaxation τf) within a slowly relaxing (pseudo-domain) structure (τs). The temperature dependence of τf and τs was in good agreement with recent theoretical models for intra- and inter-domain relaxation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5213, Liquid Crystals VII, (5 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.505794
Show Author Affiliations
Eugenio M. Monge, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Jason Bryant, Solexa, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Bojan Obradovic, Solexa, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Andrian Harsono, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Angus J. Bain, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5213:
Liquid Crystals VII
Iam-Choon Khoo, Editor(s)

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