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Title: Magnetic and electric field induced periodic deformations in nematics
Authors: Kini, U.D.
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Citation: Journal de Physique II, 1995, Vol.5, p1841-1861
Abstract: This work reports theoretical studies on the occurence of a static periodic distortion (PD) in a nematic sample under the action of crossed electric (E) and magnetic (H) fields applied on a uniformly aligned initial director configuration (n $_{\rm o}$ ). Linear stability analysis with rigid anchoring hypothesis is employed. For homeotropic alignment of a nematic such as M1 which has negative dielectric anisotropy ( $\epsilon_{\rm A}<0$) and positive diamagnetic anisotropy ( $\chi_{\rm A}>0$), PD occurs when E and H are both in the sample plane. The direction of periodicity depends on the angle between E and H; PD is unfavorable when H is tilted sufficiently away from E. In a material (such as CCH-7) with $\epsilon_{\rm A}>0$ and $\chi_{\rm A}<0$, the direction of periodicity changes continuously in the H, E plane as a function of the strength and tilt of the stabilizing H relative to E. Possible effects of flexoelectricity, weak anchoring and director pretilt are discussed briefly.
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ISSN: 1155-4312
1286-4870 (Online)
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Copyright: (1995) Les Editions de Physique
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