Publication Title

Physical Review E

Publication Date

10-4-2002

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevE.66.041701

Keywords

coarsening dynamics

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

We studied the evolution of defect lines (oily streaks) in cholesteric liquid crystals. In contrast to nematic liquid crystals, there were no interactions between the defect lines in cholesteric liquid crystals. We observed experimentally that individual open defect segments shrank with time with a linear relation, and individual defect loops shrank with time with a square root relation. We also observed that the defects in cholesteric liquid crystals were mainly interconnected loops, and the total length of the defect lines decreased with time logarithmically because of the distribution of loop size. The decay constant depended on the helical pitch of the liquid crystal and temperature.

Comments

Copyright 2002 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.66.041701.


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