Orientational and positional order in a tilted hexatic liquid-crystal phase

J. D. Brock*, A. Aharony, R. J. Birgeneau, K. W. Evans-Lutterodt, J. D. Litster, P. M. Horn, G. B. Stephenson, A. R. Tajbakhsh

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We present a synchrotron-x-ray study of the smectic-C (SC) and smectic-I (SI) phase in a single-domain freely suspended film. Weak bond-orientational order in the SC phase evolves continuously into the SI phase so that the two phases are not thermodynamically distinct. From a Fourier analysis we obtain the hexatic order parameter C6, the coefficient of cos6. The higher &, with fnfn+0.3n(n-1), in agreement with a scaling theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-101
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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