Volume 80, Number 2, October 2007
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||21 September 2007|
Lehmann effect in compensated cholesteric liquid crystals
Laboratoire de Physique, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, UMR 5672 of the CNRS - 46 Allée d'Italie, 69364 Lyon Cedex 07, France
Accepted: 1 September 2007
In 1900, Otto Lehmann observed that the texture of a cholesteric droplet heated from below can rotate continuously (Ann. Phys. (Leipzig), 2 (1900) 649). This observation (which has never been reproduced, to our knowledge) was explained in 1968 by Leslie (Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A, 307 (1968) 359) from symmetry arguments accounting for the chirality of the material. In 1982, Éber and Jánossy showed experimentally that a similar thermomechanical effect also exists in a compensated cholesteric (in which the helix is completely unwound). This result was immediately questioned by Pleiner and Brand who claimed that only the symmetry of the phase (and not that of the molecule) determines the structure of the macroscopic constitutive equations (Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. Lett., 5 (1987) 61). According to them, the Lehmann effect should necessarily vanish at the compensation temperature. In order to understand the correct interpretation, we conducted very carefully the experiment in two complementary geometries. Our results agree with those of Éber and Jánossy, confirming the predominance of microscopic symmetries over macroscopic ones.
PACS: 61.30.-v – Liquid crystals / 05.70.Ln – Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics / 65.40.De – Thermal expansion; thermomechanical effects
© Europhysics Letters Association, 2007
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