Surface relaxation of lyotropic lamellar phases

H. Bary-Soroker, H. Diamant

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We study the relaxation modes of an interface between a lyotropic lamellar phase and a gas or a simple liquid. The response is found to be qualitatively different from those of both simple liquids and single-component smectic-A liquid crystals. At low rates it is governed by a non-inertial, diffusive mode whose decay rate increases quadratically with wave number, |ω|= Aq 2. The coefficient A depends on the restoring forces of surface tension, compressibility and bending, while the dissipation is dominated by the so-called slip mechanism, i.e., relative motion of the two components of the phase parallel to the lamellae. This surface mode has a large penetration depth which, for sterically stabilised phases, is of order (dq2) -1, where d is the microscopic lamellar spacing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-877
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2006


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