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Therefore, we compared the spectra of different samples by reducing their intensity in the range 2600 cm-1 to the same value. This normalization procedure allowed us Fig. 3, a, b. It can be seen that the CH aromatic outto conclude that there is a strong intensity enhancement of-plane deformation occurs at 831 cm-1 for both liquid ( 15 times) for the low-frequency vibrational bands.

crystal cells and for the porous matrix. The dichroic ratio Finally, it is obvious from our results that the alignment Ri j is 31 for the cell with homeotropic alignment, 7 for the of H5TNO2 in ma-PS is planar with respect to the wafer cell with the planar alignment, and is only 0.4 for H5T surface. However, as seen from Fig. 4, b, the alignment of NO2 infiltrated into the porous matrix. At first glance, discotic LCs is homeotropic with respect to the pore walls.

it seems that the alignment in the porous matrix is even This is in agreement with the results of previously published better than for the bulk cell with planar alignment, but work [7], where the high stability of homeotropic alignment a more detailed analysis of both types of alignment for has been found for discotic liquid crystals deposited on a number of triphenylene derivatives shows that this is untreated substrates.

not the case. The best planar alignment is observed for 2.2. Ferroel ect ri c l i qui d cryst al s. It should be hexapentyltryphenylene (H5T) [7]. Ri j was found to be in noted that for this type of molecelar shape, we have to the range from 3 to 5 for H5T.

take into account the polarization of light when measuring We conclude that the obtained small value of the dichroic the spectrum of the cell with planar alignment. We use the ratio is due either to the enhancement of the intensity of the following notation: P = 0 for the electric vector of the low-frequency vibrational bands or to the dampening of the incident light coinciding with the long molecular axis, and intensity of the high-frequency vibrational band. In order P = 90 otherwise. The IR spectra of SCE-8 introduced to obtain more precise data on this issue we compared into a porous silicon matrix show that the relative intensities the results obtained with all the three samples in terms of the absorption per unit volume. This was particularly of parallel (i) and perpendicular ( j) bands are in important for the porous matrix, in which the liquid crystal this case close to that observed for the bulk LC cell occupied only a part (VLC) of the volume probed by the IR with homeotropic alignment (Fig. 5). In particular, as seen Figure 5. FTIR spectra of SCE8 ferroelectric liquid crystal infiltrated into porous silicon (short dotted line) and contained in ZnSe cells with planar (heavy solid line) and homeotropic (thin solid line) alignments. (Note the different scales for the heavy line in (b) and the fact that the absorption of the FLC cells is decreases by a factor of 20 for both cells).

, 2002, 44, . 1150 T.S. Perova, E.V. Astrova, S.E. Tsvetkov, A.G. Tkachenko, J.K. Vij, S. Kumar from Fig. 5, a, b, the intensity of the CC aromatic stretching perpendicular to the core. This method is of particular vibration (i-band at 1513 cm-1) in the case of the planar interest for discotic liquid crystals, since it allows the cell is much higher with polarizer angle 0 (II polarization), alignment to be determined without heating a sample to when the electric vector of the incident light coincides with the temperature of the isotropic phase or using oblique the orientation of the transition dipole moment for this transmission IR spectroscopy.

molecular unit. At the same time, the intensity of the With this method, the alignments of two kinds of liquid j-bands, perpendicular to the core vibrations (e. g. CH crystals infiltrated into a macroporous silicon matrix have out-of-plane deformation at 828; CC aromatic out-ofbeen determined. The channel walls of macroporous silicon plane deformation at 765 and CH2 rocking vibrations affect the orientation of LC molecules so that the column at 722 cm-1) is smaller. The intensity ratio found for axis of the discotic LC is perpendicular to the walls.

these bands in the case of a planar cell at a polarizer The long molecular axis of the rod-like molecules of the angle of 0 Ri j = A1513/A765 = 4.3. For the homeotropic ferroelectric LC is aligned along the channel walls. A strong LC cell, the intensity of the perpendicular bands becomes intensity enhancement of the low-frequency vibrational higher, or at least comparable with the intensity of the bands was detected for the both kinds of LCs infiltrated parallel bands, owing to the difference in oscillator strength.

into the porous silicon matrix.

In this case, the intensity ratio Ri j = A1513/A765 = 1.1.

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