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Influence of planar surfaces on dynamic properties of liquid crystals

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Code Science Field Subfield
1.02.01  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physics  Physics of condesed matter 

Code Science Field
P002  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physics 
P190  Natural sciences and mathematics  Mathematical and general theoretical physics, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, relativity, gravitation, statistical physics, thermodynamics 
P260  Natural sciences and mathematics  Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic and optical properties, supraconductors, magnetic resonance, relaxation, spectroscopy 
liquid crystals, dynamics, omejene geometries, surface interaction
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  19165  PhD Marjetka Conradi  Physics  Researcher  2004  164 
2.  21815  PhD Robert Repnik  Physics  Researcher  2002 - 2004  497 
3.  13366  PhD Barbara Rovšek  Physics  Head  2002 - 2004  247 
4.  13355  PhD Nataša Vaupotič  Physics  Researcher  2002 - 2004  286 
5.  18275  PhD Mojca Vilfan  Physics  Researcher  2002 - 2004  160 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  91,855 
2.  0589  University of Maribor, Faculty of Education  Maribor  5089638013  14,988 
In this work we propose to study the influence of planar surfaces on dynamic processes in liquid crystal. Part of the research will include freestanding films formed by smectic liquid crystals and the analysis of dynamics in this systems, where the dynamic processes are determined by the surface anchoring of the liquid crystal molecules on the liquid crystal-air boundary. We will investigate the importance of intermolecular interactions and the influence of a given surface on the liquid crystalline structure. A novel optical method that enables us to measure the liquid crystal anchoring coefficients at solid polymer surfaces will be used. The alignment abilities of standard substrates and recently discovered aligning photopolymers, self-assembling monolayers and polymeric liquid crystals will be compared. From these results we will deduce the influence of interaction between liquid crystal molecules and the aligning substrate on the experimentally observable parameters that are relevant for the use of liquid crystals in the display industry.
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