It is experimentally demonstrated that a transition from a synclinic to an anticlinic liquid crystal phase occurs via stable domain wall propagation after quenching in a uniform temperature field. Such a one-dimensional growth may be explained in terms of a nonlinear diffusion equation. The experiment provides the first example of free, one-dimensional growth in a system subjected to a pure and uniform temperature field.
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Copyright 1998 American Physical Society. The original published version of this article may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.80.4478.
Wang, X. Y.; Li, Jian-feng; Gurarie, Eliezer; Fan, S.; Kyu, Thein; Keast, S. S.; and Rosenblatt, Charles, "Kinetics of Phase Transition in An Anticlinic Liquid Crystal Induced by a Uniform Temperature Field: Growth in One Dimension" (1998). College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. 66.