Molecular dynamics investigation of the helical structure of smectic C*

Research paper by M. A. Korshunov, A. V. Shabanov

Indexed on: 06 Aug '12Published on: 06 Aug '12Published in: Physics of the Solid State


The numerical simulation of the behavior of the molecules of the DOBAMBC liquid crystal by the molecular dynamics method allowed us to find the change of the the conformation of molecules as a function of temperature and to reveal the helical structures with various pitches in the smectic phase C*. These results explained the anomalous temperature dependences of the order parameter at the molecular level, as well as the optical second harmonic generation in the region of smectic A.