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Liquid crystals

Maximizing memory


Memory effects resulting from frustration and topology in nematic liquid crystals confined in bicontinuous structures may enable the fabrication of geometrically functionalized materials.

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Figure 1: Defects arising as a result of liquid crystal molecules pinning to confining surfaces.
Figure 2: Memory effects in a bicontinuous cubic matrix of interconnected spherical cavities filled with a nematic liquid crystal.


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Muševič, I., Žumer, S. Maximizing memory. Nature Mater 10, 266–268 (2011).

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