Capillary forces between planar anchoring surfaces in the isotropic phase of a nematic liquid crystal

Hiroyuki Shinto, Kiwamu Kobayashi, Terumasa Hyodo, Naoyuki Ishida, Ko Higashitani

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The interaction forces between the planar anchoring surfaces of a carbon microsphere and a graphite plate immersed in 8CB liquid crystal have been measured at different temperatures above the nematic-isotropic transition point, using an atomic force microscopy. The attractive force was observed between the surfaces when they came closer. The magnitude and the range of the attractive force increased with decreasing temperature. This attractive force is attributable to the confinement-induced phase separation of 8CB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1318-1319
Number of pages2
JournalChemistry Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 5 2005
Externally publishedYes


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