Orientations of side chains and adsorbed liquid crystal molecules on a rubbed polyimide surface studied by optical second harmonic generation

Seok Cheol Hong, Masahito Oh-E, Xiaowei Zhuang, Q. Shen, Jason J. Ge, B. W. Harris, S. Z.D. Cheng

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Abstract

The orientational distributions of the side chains and the adsorbed liquid crystal (LC) molecules on a rubbed side-chain polyimide surface were found by surface second harmonic generation. The side chains and the main chains were found to be aligned along the rubbing direction. The side chains were bent with the free terminals pointing towards the surface. The side chains and the LC molecules were found to have antiparallel orientations at the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Article number051706
Pages (from-to)517061-517067
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume63
Issue number5 I
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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