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Pure and Applied Focal Conics

Kamien, R (University of Pennsylvania)
Monday 24 June 2013, 11:00-12:00

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


The epitaxial assembly of toric focal conic domain (TFCD) arrays of smectic-A liquid crystals onto pillar arrays is studied. The 3D nature of the pillar array is crucial to confine and direct the formation of TFCDs on the top of each pillar and between neighboring pillars, leading to highly ordered square and hexagonal array TFCDs persisting deeply into the bulk.

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