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Cover Picture: Intercalated Smectic A Phases in Banana-Shaped Liquid Crystals with Carbonate End Groups (ChemPhysChem 10/2006)
The cover picture shows bent-core liquid crystals forming an intercalated smectic A (SmAint) phase, which has high birefringence and is switchable due to electric field-induced biaxiality. The left half of the picture shows the texture and the corresponding schematic arrangement of the molecules in the ground state. The right half shows the texture and the corresponding molecular arrangement in the electrode area, where the molecular planes turn parallel to the electric field. Find out more in the Article by Fodor-Csorba et al. on page 2184.