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Fumito Araoka, Go Sugiyama, Ken Ishikawa and Hideo Takezoe Highly Ordered Helical Nanofilament Assembly Aligned by a Nematic Director Field Advanced Functional Materials 23

Article first published online: 11 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201201889

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Successful alignment control of the B4 helical nanofilament assembly in a binary mixture system of bent-shaped and rod-shaped liquid crystals is presented. The aligned nanofilament domains appear as extremely smooth and uniform stripes over millimeters. Second-harmonic generation (SHG) studies including a new technique, interferometric SHG microscopy, reveal that in these aligned domains, polarity from the nucleus and chirality are preserved.

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