Hygroscopic study of hydroxypropylcellulose

Structure and strain-induced birefringence of capillary bridges
Regular Article


The hygroscopic method developed previously for studies of lyotropic liquid crystals is used for the first time in experiments with millimetric capillary bridges made of a hydroxypropylcellulose/water mixture. Composition of such very small samples is controlled via humidity of the surrounding air. By a slow and well-controlled drying of initially isotropic samples, the isotropic/anisotropic phase transition is crossed and polydomain pseudo-isotropic capillary bridges are prepared. Kept in an atmosphere of constant humidity, these bridges are stretched and the strain-induced birefringence \( \Delta\) n is measured as a function of the draw ratio \( \lambda\) . The variation of \( \Delta\) n with \( \lambda\) is interpreted in terms of an affine uniaxial deformation of the initial pseudo-isotropic texture.

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Soft Matter: Liquid crystals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CENIMAT - Centro de Investigaçao em Materiais, Faculdade de Ciências e TecnologiaUniversidade Nova de Lisboa Campus da CaparicaCaparicaPortugal
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique des SolidesUMR 8502, Université Paris-SudOrsayFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire Polymères et Matériaux AvancésCNRS/Rhodia-Solvay, UMR 5268Saint FonsFrance

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