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DESY X-Ray Source PETRA III Films Flow Behaviour of Liquid Crystals

Scientists from ICS-3, Utrecht University and DESY have filmed the flow behaviour of liquid crystals using a unique experimental setup at DESY’s X-ray source, PETRA III. One of the things the new method shows is how the inner structure of a liquid crystal sample changes. The German-Dutch team published its observations in the journal “Physical Review Letters”.

Original publication:
M.P. Lettinga, P. Holmqvist, P. Ballesta, S. Rogers, D. Kleshchanok, and B. Struth
The non-linear behavior of nematic platelet dispersions in shear flow
Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 246001 (2012)