Title: Collective dynamic modes in ferroelectric liquid crystal-aerosil dispersions
Authors: Rozanski, SA
Thoen, Jan #
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Publisher: Taylor & francis ltd
Series Title: Liquid crystals vol:32 issue:3 pages:331-341
Abstract: The influence of the concentration of hydrophilic aerosil particles on the collective dynamic modes of the ferroelectric liquid crystal S-(-)-2-methylbutyl 4-n-nonanoyloxybiphenyl- 4'-carboxylate near the SmA-SmC* phase transition is investigated by means of dielectric spectroscopy in the frequency range 10(-2) - 10(7) Hz. For aerosil densities rho(s)=0.025, 0.05, 0.08 and 0.15 g cm(-3) considerable changes in the dielectric intensities of Goldstone and soft modes are observed. The characteristic frequency of the Goldstone mode slightly increases with increasing concentration of aerosil. The frequency degeneracy occurring in the SmA - SmC* phase transition is lifted in the presence of aerosil and an increase in the frequency gap is observed. Complete disappearance of the Goldstone mode at rho(s)=0.20 g cm(-3) occurs, along with significant broadening of the soft mode. The results are interpreted as an effect of structure, surface interactions and length scale of the helix in disordered confinement.
ISSN: 0267-8292
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Soft Matter and Biophysics
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