The European Physical Journal E vol:16 pages:361-364
We investigated the smectic-A-hexatic-B (SmA-HexB) transition in the liquid-crystal n-hexyl-4'-n-pentyloxybiphenyl-4-carboxilate (65OBC) with adiabatic scanning calorimetry. We were able to prove in a direct way that this transition is indeed very weakly first order, as was already suggested in the literature. The latent heat at the transition was determined to be Delta H-L = 0.04 +/- 0.02 J/g. Our experiments confirm the high value for the heat capacity critical exponent earlier reported, yielding alpha = 0.64 +/- 0.05.