Undulation textures at the phase transitions of some alkyloxybenzoic acids
We observed undulated smectic textures for some compounds of the 4,n-alkyloxybenzoic (nOBAC) acid series, at transitions between the smectic and the isotropic phase and between the smectic and nematic phase. Studied compounds were 12OBAC, 16OBAC and a binary mixture of 12- and 16OBAC. The undulations are dressing a usual Schlieren texture. In the case of the binary mixture, an interesting fingerprint pattern is observed too.
Condensed Matter - Soft Condensed Matter