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Peculiarities in the Director Reorientation and the NMR Spectra Evolution in a Nematic Liquid Crystals under the Effect of Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields

Saint Petersburg Institute for Machine Sciences, The Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg 199178, Russia
Poznan University of Economics and Business, Department of Mathematical Economics, Al. Niepodleglosci 10, 61-875 Poznan, Poland
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Crystals 2019, 9(5), 262;
Received: 6 May 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 20 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Liquid Crystals)
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The illustrative description of the field-induced peculiarities of the director reorientation in the microsized nematic volumes under the effect of crossed magnetic B and electric E fields have been proposed. The most interesting feature of such configuration is that the nematic phase becomes unstable after applying the strong E . The theoretical analysis of the reorientational dynamics of the director field provides an evidence for the appearance of the spatially periodic patterns in response to applied large E directed at an angle α to B . The feature of this approach is that the periodic distortions arise spontaneously from a homogeneously aligned nematic sample that ultimately induces a faster response than in the uniform mode. The nonuniform rotational modes involve additional internal elastic distortions of the conservative nematic system and, as a result, these deformations decrease of the viscous contribution U vis to the total energy U of the nematic phase. In turn, that decreasing of U vis leads to decrease of the effective rotational viscosity coefficient γ eff ( α ) . That is, a lower value of γ eff ( α ) , which is less than one in the bulk nematic phase, gives the less relaxation time τ on ( α ) γ eff ( α ) , when α is bigger than the threshold value α th . The results obtained by Deuterium NMR spectroscopy confirm theoretically obtained dependencies of τ on ( α ) on α . View Full-Text
Keywords: liquid crystals; NMR; hydrodynamics of liquid crystals liquid crystals; NMR; hydrodynamics of liquid crystals

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Zakharov, A.V.; Sliwa, I. Peculiarities in the Director Reorientation and the NMR Spectra Evolution in a Nematic Liquid Crystals under the Effect of Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields. Crystals 2019, 9, 262.

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