A gliding of the director at the interface between a nematic liquid crystal and a solid medium is generally observed at many interfaces giving weak or moderately strong anchoring. This phenomenon is characterized by strongly non-linear dynamics and very long relaxation times (hours-days). The gliding of the director has also been observed very recently at the interface between a rubbed polyimide layer and a nematic liquid crystal which gives strong azimuthal anchoring. However, due to the weak nature of the experimental signals that characterizes the strong anchoring, this latter measurement was appreciably affected by thermal drift. In this paper, we develop a new experimental reflectometric method whereby the thermal drift is appreciably reduced. The method allows us to obtain more accurate signals and to investigate their time dependence. It is shown that the director gliding is well represented by a stretched exponential, as well as in the case of weak anchoring substrates. These measurements confirm that the gliding of the director is a universal phenomenon characterizing any kind of substrate with either weak and strong anchoring.
|Autori:||Faetti S; Marianelli P|
|Titolo:||Azimuthal director gliding at a strongly anchoring interface of polyimide|
|Anno del prodotto:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/02678290500512227|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|