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A simple method to determine the translational order parameter of a smectic liquid crystal is presented. It is based on a measurement of the absolute intensity of the first-order layer reflection from an unaligned (powder) sample using small-angle neutron scattering. The Lorentz factor and molecular form factor are used to derive the order parameter from the intensity. The method is demonstrated for 4-octyl-4'-cyanobiphenyl (8CB), using two different isotopomers which give a consistent translational order parameter value of 0.5 in the smectic A phase.
|Translated title of the contribution||Determination of the translational order parameter for smectic liquid crystals using small-angle neutron scattering|
|Pages (from-to)||961 - 968|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2010|