30 March 1995 Application of scanning force microscopy and near-field optical microscopy to liquid crystalline systems: observing free surfaces, smectic structural forces, and molecular orientation
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A combined scanning shear-force and near-field optical microscope was used to detect the liquid-vapor interface and the smectic layer structure through the thickness of a film of the alkyl cyranobiphenyl liquid crystal 8CB on a HOPG substrate. With noncontact imaging of a thin precursor layer, it was possible to follow the movement of a monolayer of the 8CB. Noncontact imaging combined with polarization SNOM was used to study the birefringent nature of a thin film of a liquid crystal polymer.
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Ricky L. Williamson, M. Rivera, Mervyn J. Miles, K. D. Jandt, "Application of scanning force microscopy and near-field optical microscopy to liquid crystalline systems: observing free surfaces, smectic structural forces, and molecular orientation", Proc. SPIE 2384, Scanning Probe Microscopies III, (30 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205933; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.205933
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