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Inclusions in free standing smectic liquid crystal films

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Abstract

Colloidal inclusions in thin free standing liquid crystal films are ideal model systems for 2D anisotropic dispersions. Different types of self-organization in chain and lattice structures have been observed. The orientational elasticity of the anisotropic matrix and capillary forces are the dominating interaction mechanisms between solid or liquid inclusions, the director field, and dislocations of the films. We give an overview of the progress in this field, focussing on different inclusion types and their interactions in thermotropic smectic films.

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The article was received on 02 Oct 2007, accepted on 17 Dec 2007 and first published on 12 Mar 2008


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B715124A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 683-702
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    Inclusions in free standing smectic liquid crystal films

    C. Bohley and R. Stannarius, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 683
    DOI: 10.1039/B715124A

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