Detection of flexoelectric effect from 4-heptyloxy-4′-cyanobiphenyl monolayers at an air-water interface by Maxwell displacement current and optical second harmonic generation

Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa
April 2005
Journal of Chemical Physics;4/22/2005, Vol. 122 Issue 16, p164703
Academic Journal
The flexoelectric effect of 4-heptyloxy-4′-cyanobiphenyl (7OCB) monolayers at the air-water interface is studied by Maxwell displacement current (MDC) and optical second harmonic generation measurements. Though MDC was expected to increase during the compression of 7OCB monolayers in L2/L2′ phase from the MDC theory developed previously, decrease of MDC was detected in these phases. This abnormalous phenomenon is found to be due to the quench of flexoelectric effect by the flow orientation of monolayers.


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