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Janus nematic colloids

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Abstract

We study the behavior of Janus colloidal particles in the nematic liquid crystal 5CB using polarizing optical microscopy and Landau-de Gennes (LdG) modeling. Different equilibrium orientations of Janus particles and different director field configurations around them are observed, depending on the preparation technique of homeotropic (DMOAP) and planar (Au) hemispheres. Using laser tweezers we measure the interactions between different orientations of Janus nematic colloids, showing a boojum type of interaction in the case of DMOAP/Au capped colloids and dipolar-like attraction for Au/DMOAP capped colloids. We observe a novel type of nematic colloidal particle, called a boojum-ring, characteristic of Au/DMOAP Janus nematic colloids, that is also predicted within the LdG theory for patterned colloidal particles with competing homeotropic and planar surfaces.

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The article was received on 20 Mar 2009, accepted on 03 Jun 2009 and first published on 10 Jul 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B905631A
Soft Matter, 2009,5, 3905-3912

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    Janus nematic colloids

    M. Conradi, M. Ravnik, M. Bele, M. Zorko, S. Žumer and I. Muševič, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 3905
    DOI: 10.1039/B905631A

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