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Modeling the optical properties of self-organized arrays of liquid crystal defects

Abstract : Local full Mueller matrix measurements in the Fourier plane of a microscope lens were used to determine the internal anisotropic ordering in periodic linear arrays of smectic liquid crystal defects, known as 'oily streaks'. We propose a single microstructure-dependent model taking into account the anisotropic dielectric function of the liquid crystal that reproduces the smectic layers orientation and organization in the oily streaks. The calculated Mueller matrix elements are compared to the measured data to reveal the anchoring mechanism of the smectic oily streaks on the substrate and evidence the presence of new type of defect arrangement. Beyond the scientific inquiry, the understanding and control of the internal structure of such arrays offer technological opportunities for developing liquid-crystal based sensors and self-assembled nanostructures.
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Delphine Coursault, Bicher Haj Ibrahim, Laurent Pelliser, Bruno Zappone, Antonello de Martino, et al.. Modeling the optical properties of self-organized arrays of liquid crystal defects. Optics Express, Optical Society of America, 2014, 22 (19), pp.23182-23191. ⟨10.1364/OE.22.023182⟩. ⟨hal-01206571⟩

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