Publication Title

Physical Review A

Publication Date

9-1983

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevA.28.1890

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

We report quantitative observations of the pretransitional fluctuations in short-range nematic order and the divergence of the magnetic birefringence in the isotropic phase of a lyotropic liquid crystal. The results are analyzed to obtain the anisotropy of the diamagnetic susceptibility and the coefficients in a Landau expansion of the free energy.

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