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Smooth transitions between biaxial intermediate smectic phases

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Abstract

The possibility of smooth transitions between biaxial smectic subphases via defect propagation is considered on the basis of our theoretical approach reported previously [Emelyanenko et al., Phys. Rev. E, 2006, 74, 011705]. The extrapolation of our results suggests an infinite number of biaxial intermediate phases, each one existing stably only at a particular temperature, and not over a range. Three- and four-layer subphases are confirmed to be important due to the minor differences between them and their neighboring subphases. Some other subphases (including a six-layer subphase) are also found to be very similar to the neighboring subphases. Several sets of intermediate phases are recognized. Each set represents a combination of two typical fragments of the smectic structure in various proportions.

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The article was received on 11 Sep 2012, accepted on 18 Jan 2013 and first published on 14 Feb 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27724K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2013,9, 3497-3508
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    Smooth transitions between biaxial intermediate smectic phases

    A. V. Emelyanenko and K. Ishikawa, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 3497
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27724K

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