Flexoelectricity in chiral nematic liquid crystals as a driving mechanism for the twist-bend and splay-bend modulated phases

Natasa Vaupotic, Mojca Čepič, Mikhail Osipov, Ewa Gorecka

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We present a continuum theoretical model describing the impact of chirality on nematic systems with large flexoelectricity. As opposed to achiral materials, where only one type of the modulated structure can exist in a given material, the model predicts that chirality can stabilize several modulated phases, which have already been observed experimentally
Original languageEnglish
Article number030501(R)
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review E: Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2014


  • continuum theoretical model
  • liquid crystals
  • nematic systems
  • flexoelectricity

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