EPR spin probe spectra of the liquid crystal phases exhibited, in the bulk, by the 1″,9″-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-4’-yl)nonane (CB9CB) bent-shape dimer showed that, on cooling from the isotropic phase, this material forms a uniaxial nematic phase with a uniform director macroscopically aligned along the spectrometer field. Upon further cooling, a transition into the twist-bend nematic phase is observed after a biphasic region of approximately 4 K. In this lower temperature nematic phase, the director does not appear to be macroscopically aligned. The non-uniform director distribution is modelled as a collection of monodomains tilted with respect to the magnetic field and orientationally distributed around the tilt direction.

EPR study of the polydomain structure of the twist-bend nematic phase of CB9CB in the bulk

Bacchiocchi, Corrado
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Arcioni, Alberto;Miglioli, Isabella;Zannoni, Claudio
2018

Abstract

EPR spin probe spectra of the liquid crystal phases exhibited, in the bulk, by the 1″,9″-bis(4-cyanobiphenyl-4’-yl)nonane (CB9CB) bent-shape dimer showed that, on cooling from the isotropic phase, this material forms a uniaxial nematic phase with a uniform director macroscopically aligned along the spectrometer field. Upon further cooling, a transition into the twist-bend nematic phase is observed after a biphasic region of approximately 4 K. In this lower temperature nematic phase, the director does not appear to be macroscopically aligned. The non-uniform director distribution is modelled as a collection of monodomains tilted with respect to the magnetic field and orientationally distributed around the tilt direction.
Bacchiocchi, Corrado*; Tamba, Maria-Gabriela; Mehl, Georg H.; Arcioni, Alberto; Miglioli, Isabella; Zannoni, Claudio
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