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Liquid crystals stack up

Take a spherical carbon 'buckyball', feather it with rod-like molecules, and the result is a distinctive shuttlecock shape that can easily be stacked into columns. Liquid-crystal phases thus formed should have unusual properties.

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Figure 1: Liquid-crystal phases.
Figure 2: Examples of hexagonal lattices with polar columns (coloured green and blue for the two orientations).


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Tschierske, C. Liquid crystals stack up. Nature 419, 681–683 (2002).

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