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Layer structure of free-standing smectic LC elastomer films
Author(s): R. Koehler; U. Dietrich; J. J. Li; M. Loesche; Ralf Stannarius; C. Tolksdorf; Rudolf Zentel
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Paper Abstract

We probe the mesophase transitions and layer structures in thin ordered smectic liquid crystalline elastomer films by means of x-ray diffraction. Ordered elastomer films of submicrometer thickness are produced by crosslinking freely suspended smectic polymer films. After crosslinking - the mesomorphism is similar to that of the precursor polymer. The smectic layer spacing increases with temperature in the SmC* phase while it decays above the SmC*-SmA transition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4759, XIV Conference on Liquid Crystals: Chemistry, Physics, and Applications, (27 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472198
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R. Koehler, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)
U. Dietrich, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)
J. J. Li, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)
M. Loesche, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)
Ralf Stannarius, Univ. Leipzig (Germany)
C. Tolksdorf, Univ. Mainz (Germany)
Rudolf Zentel, Univ. Mainz (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4759:
XIV Conference on Liquid Crystals: Chemistry, Physics, and Applications
Jolanta Rutkowska; Stanislaw J. Klosowicz; Jerzy Zielinski, Editor(s)

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