Proceedings PaperDefect structures in liquid crystals bounded by microwrinkles
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Spatially confined liquid crystals (LCs) exhibit non-uniform alignment, often accompanied by self-organized topological defects of non-trivial shape in response to imposed boundary conditions and geometry. Here we show that a nematic LC, when confined in a sinusoidal microwrinkle groove, exhibits a new periodic arrangement of twist deformations and a zigzag line defect. This periodic ordering results from the inherent LC elastic anisotropy and the antagonistic boundary conditions at the top flat LC and the curved LC-groove interfaces. The effect of the LC thickness on the stability of the line defect is also shown.