Air tube formation at the freezing transition in nematic liquid crystals

C. Völtz*, Y. Maeda, Y. Tabe, H. Yokoyama


研究成果: Article査読

3 被引用数 (Scopus)


A phenomenon is presented, which changes the shape of gas bubbles in liquid crystals and also creates long gas tubes. The system consists of air bubbles which are injected into a nematic liquid crystal host. The shape of these air bubbles changes from spherical to ellipsoidal by initiating freezing of the sample. Furthermore, long gas tubes are formed from the air which was formerly dissolved in the liquid crystal. The gas tubes are created by the progression of the crystalline-liquid interface. Their length can reach up to 40 times their diameter. The diameter of the tubes depends on the pressure applied to the system, as well as on the interface velocity.

ジャーナルPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
出版ステータスPublished - 2007 3月 7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 統計物理学および非線形物理学
  • 統計学および確率
  • 凝縮系物理学


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