Theory of the blue phase of cholesteric liquid crystals

S. Meiboom, James P. Sethna, P. W. Anderson, W. F. Brinkman

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We present a theory of the cholesteric blue phase, assuming a first-order cholesteric-isotropic transition. We show, on the basis of the Oseen-Frank elasticity equations, that the planar helix structure, generally associated with the cholesteric phase, becomes unstable at temperatures near the transition point. It transforms into a phase characterized by a network of disclination lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1216-1219
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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