The European Physical Journal E

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 367–372 | Cite as

Stability of thin nematic films

Commentary on “Morphology and structure of thin liquid-crystalline films at nematic-isotropic transition” by P. Ziherl and S. Zumer


We discuss the peculiarity of thin nematic films on solid substrates with a free surface, underlining the differences with what is usually seen in dewetting. We review the thermodynamic basis of the coupled phase/thickness separation that has previously been shown experimentally. We give new experimental evidences for the origin of the coupling force chosen in our previous theoretical model. This additional information contributes to the discussion raised by the article of Ziherl and Zumer in this issue [19].


Theoretical Model Free Surface Experimental Evidence Solid Substrate Coupling Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre de Recherche Paul PascalUPR 8641 du CNRSPessacFrance
  2. 2.Physique de la Matiére CondenséeCollége de France, UMR 7125 du CNRSParisFrance

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