Nonparabolic dendrites of a smectic phase growing into a supercooled nematic

A. Buka, N. Eber

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Abstract

The interface of a growing smectic phase in a supercooled nematic liquid crystal was studied. A change in the morphology and the side-branching activity was observed with theundercooling. Nonparabolic dendrites with faceted dissymmetric tips were found for smallundercooling. The equilibrium shape of the smectic germ was a rectangle. A drifting of thesmectic objects was observed. The starting tip velocities obey the scaling relation νs - Δ4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-482
Number of pages6
JournalEPL
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - febr. 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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