It is demonstrated that a surface energy anisotropy (anchoring) defines the growth pattern of the field-induced transition in a smectic-A liquid crystal (Sm-A). The stable domain phase nucleates as rounded domains but expands as stripes. The change in growth pattern is accounted for a large anchoring strength Wa∼10-2-10-3 J/m2 which is connected with the layer breaking in the vicinity of the cell plates. The temperature dependence of Wa for Sm-A (substance CCN-47) is measured for the first time: Wa∼(TA-N-T)0.65±0.09.
Physical Review Letters
Copyright 1994 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.73.280.
Li, Zili; Lavrentovich, Oleg (1994). Surface Anchoring and Growth-Pattern of the Field-Driven 1St-Order Transition in a Smectic-A Liquid-Crystal. Physical Review Letters 73(2) 280-283. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.73.280. Retrieved from https://oaks.kent.edu/cpippubs/99