Thermal fluctuations of freely suspended smectic-A films from mesoscopic to molecular length scales
The thermal fluctuations of freely suspended smectic-A films have been studied with diffuse x-ray scattering. Using a (2 + 2) scattering geometry at a synchrotron source the spectral dependence of the displacement-displacement correlation function has been determined from mesoscopic to molecular dimensions. At long in-plane length scales the fluctuations of the smectic layers were found to be conformal; i.e., all layers of the film fluctuated in unison. At decreasing length scales conformality was progressively lost, starting between the top and bottom layers of the film.
|Journal||Phys. Rev. Lett.|
Mol, E. A. L, Wong, G. C. L, Petit, J. -M, Rieutord, F, & de Jeu, W. H. (1997). Thermal fluctuations of freely suspended smectic-A films from mesoscopic to molecular length scales. Phys.Rev.Lett., 79, 3439–3442.