In this paper, we report an experimental study of the dynamics of s = ±1=2 disclinations in the nematic liquidcrystalline phase of 4-cyano-4′-n-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) under a strong anchoring condition in an electric field. Their motion is clearly asymmetric; the +1/2 disclination moves almost twice as fast as the -1=2 one even under a strong anchoring condition, which is very similar to the case without the anchoring effect. An electric field significantly affects the rotation of the director around the disclinations, but only slightly affects backflow.
|Journal||journal of the physical society of japan|
|Publication status||Published - 2012 Mar|
- Electric field
- Liquid crystal
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)