Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, Vol.546, 195-201, 2011
Influence of Chiral Interactions on Smectic Phases in Free-Standing Films
Free energy of thin smectic films in an antiferroelectric system is analyzed within the discrete phenomenological model. The effect of chirality within the region of uniplanar structures and on the [image omitted] structure is studied. As a result the [image omitted] regions with less tilted surface layers widen and uniplanar structures transform into wound structures having less tilted inner layers.