Critical Pitch in Thin Cholesteric Films with Homeotropic Boundaries

Fred Fischer 1
  • 1 Physikalisches Institut der Westf. Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Calculations of the planar cholesteric texture with homeotropic boundary conditions are presented. At a constant film thickness there is a critical twist t0c below which the planar texture has transformed into a homeotropic one. The additional influence of an external field is discussed for positive and negative anisotropy and with field orientations parallel or normal to the film plane. A general solution of the director field has been found for a normal orientation of the field. A properly adjusted twist t0 obtained by dilution of an optically active material in a nematic matrix opens a possibility to reduce the critical voltage in technical devices.

Falls das inline PDF nicht korrekt dargestellt ist, können Sie das PDF hier herunterladen.


Zeitschrift + Hefte

A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A (ZNA) is an international scientific journal which publishes original research papers from all areas of experimental and theoretical physics. In accordance with the name of the journal, which means "Journal for Natural Sciences", manuscripts submitted to ZNA should have a tangible connection to actual physical phenomena.