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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Direct observation of coupling between orientation and flow fluctuations in a nematic liquid crystal at equilibrium

Hiroshi Orihara, Nobutaka Sakurai, Yuji Sasaki, and Tomoyuki Nagaya

To demonstrate coupling between orientation and flow fluctuations in a nematic liquid crystal at equilibrium, we simultaneously observe the intensity change due to director fluctuations under a polarizing microscope and the Brownian motion of a fluorescent particle trapped weakly by optical tweezers. The calculated cross-correlation function of the particle position and the spatial gradient of the intensity is nonzero, clearly indicating the existence of coupling.

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