Helical nanofilaments and the high chirality limit of smectics A

  • Matsumoto E
  • Alexander G
  • Kamien R
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Liquid crystalline systems exhibiting both macroscopic chirality and smectic order experience frustration resulting in mesophases possessing complex three-dimensional order. In the twist-grain-boundary phase, defect lattices mediate the propagation of twist throughout the system. We propose a new chiral smectic structure composed of a lattice of chiral bundles as a model of the helical nanofilament (B4) phase of bent-core smectics.

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  • Elisabetta A. Matsumoto

  • Gareth P. Alexander

  • Randall D. Kamien

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