Calorimetric study of nematic prewetting

Xuewu Liu, D. W. Allender, D. Finotello

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We report specific-heat measurements for a series of liquid crystals imbedded in a porous cylindrical geometry. Above the nematic-to-isotropic transition and dependent on nematic width (or chain length), the specific heat shows a small peak. In analogy to known ellipsometry results, the peak is believed to be the signature of a nematic prewetting transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)848-854
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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