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Dideuterium as solute in nematic liquid crystals

TitleDideuterium as solute in nematic liquid crystals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBeek, LC ter, Burnell, EE
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume426
Pagination96-99
Date PublishedJul
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0009-2614
KeywordsMOLECULAR-HYDROGEN, NMR, orientational order, SOLVENTS
Abstract

Deuteron NMR experiments on dideuterium dissolved in the nematic liquid-crystal solvents 7CB, CCH7, MBBA and PCH7 are reported as a function of temperature. The results are analysed in terms of the average solvent electric field gradient anisotropy (efg) felt by D-2 which is positive with respect to the director in 7CB, CCH7 and PCH7 and negative in MBBA. The order parameter of D-2 is to a large extent rationalized in terms of the interaction between this solvent efg and the solute D-2 molecular quadrupole moment, and its sign is the same as that of the efg. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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