Plucking a liquid chord: mechanical response of a liquid crystal filament

Ralf Stannarius ,Alexandru Nemes ,Alexey Eremin

University of Magdeburg, Inst. of Experimental Physics

This paper describes an investigation of mechanical properties of freely suspended liquid filaments. These unique fluid microstructures may be formed by layered liquid crystalline mesophases. The filaments are electrically deflected and stimulated to mechanical oscillations. Resonance frequencies and damping rates are recorded. We introduce a model for a basic description of the dynamics, which is used to evaluate and to discuss the forces involved. The dependence of the oscillation parameters upon geometrical parameters and temperature is analyzed.

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