Small Inclusions in Smectic C* Free Standing Films


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Abstract

The creation and the coalescence of inclusions has recently been observed in smectic C* freely suspended films at the temperature near the smectic C*-cholesteric phase transition. A small finite anchoring energy permits to describe small inclusions by analytical approximate solutions of dipolar or quadrupolar type. Using the proposed solutions our model enables us to discuss the coalescence of smallest inclusions and their observed growth.

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