The order parameter, S-zz, where z is the para axis of the difluoroterphenyl groups in DTC5C9, has been obtained from chemical shift anisotropies measured by C-13 - {H-1} NMR experiments at temperatures throughout the nematic, N-U, and twist-bend nematic, N-TB, phases shown by this compound. The order parameter temperature profiles are unusual in having a maximum value in the NU phase and then decreasing until the NTB phase is reached. There is a small discontinuity (similar to 2%) in S-zz at T-NNTB and then a gradual decrease until a new phase appears. This behaviour is interpreted as revealing a temperature-dependent tilting of local directors in both phases away from the applied magnetic field direction. In the enantiomorphic twist-bend phase this tilt is consistent with the structure of the phase as a helical arrangement of local directors, whilst in the high-temperature non-chiral nematic the tilt must involve a non-chiral arrangement. It is proposed that in both phases the tilting of directors has a common origin in the bent shape of the molecules.

Similarities and differences between molecular order in the nematic and twist-bend nematic phases of a symmetric liquid crystal dimer / Emsley, J.W; Lelli, M.; Joy, H.; Tamba, M.-G.; Mehl, G.H.. - In: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS. - ISSN 1463-9076. - STAMPA. - 18:(2016), pp. 9419-9430. [10.1039/c5cp07304a]

Similarities and differences between molecular order in the nematic and twist-bend nematic phases of a symmetric liquid crystal dimer

LELLI, MORENO
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Abstract

The order parameter, S-zz, where z is the para axis of the difluoroterphenyl groups in DTC5C9, has been obtained from chemical shift anisotropies measured by C-13 - {H-1} NMR experiments at temperatures throughout the nematic, N-U, and twist-bend nematic, N-TB, phases shown by this compound. The order parameter temperature profiles are unusual in having a maximum value in the NU phase and then decreasing until the NTB phase is reached. There is a small discontinuity (similar to 2%) in S-zz at T-NNTB and then a gradual decrease until a new phase appears. This behaviour is interpreted as revealing a temperature-dependent tilting of local directors in both phases away from the applied magnetic field direction. In the enantiomorphic twist-bend phase this tilt is consistent with the structure of the phase as a helical arrangement of local directors, whilst in the high-temperature non-chiral nematic the tilt must involve a non-chiral arrangement. It is proposed that in both phases the tilting of directors has a common origin in the bent shape of the molecules.
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Emsley, J.W; Lelli, M.; Joy, H.; Tamba, M.-G.; Mehl, G.H.
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