February 2020

March 2020 liquid crystal picture

The image of a “Coexistence of three types of smectic texture of 8CB”, by Satoshi Aya, has been selected as the  March 2020 ILCS liquid crystal picture. The picture of three coexisting textures  of 8CB  in the SmA phase is very aesthetic and as well as instructive.  It show beautifully the  diversity of different textures of the SmA phase. The composition is striking with different fields of colour  with high visual contrasts and as a picture it looks very dynamic.


Postdoctoral fellow Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA

Postdoctoral fellow - Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio USA

I am seeking to hire a postdoc in the area of topological defects and/or chirality in liquid crystals. Our primary techniques include AFM, near field scanning optical microscopy, confocal fluorescence microscopy, polarized optical microscopy, profilometry, optical rotatory power, and ellipsometry. We also are engaged in projects involving liquid crystal free-standing films and fluid interface instabilities in artificially controlled gravity Our group interacts with theory and experimental groups around the world. More information about our group can be found on our web site, http://liq-xtal.case.edu.

The candidate should have (or be nearing) a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, or a related area, with experience in liquid crystals. She/he should send a CV to rosenblatt@case.edu with the subject line "Postdoc Application", and arrange to have at least two letters of recommendation sent to the same email address. I anticipate a starting date in the late spring or summer, 2020.

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Web Address: http://liq-xtal.case.edu

Charles Rosenblatt

February 2020 liquid crystal picture

Image of a focal conic defect texture in ferroelectric liquid crystals, by Ambika Bawa, has been selected as the  February 2020 ILCS liquid crystal picture. The combination of  the closed packed helices in a hexagonal lattice together with a chirality of the helices is very impressive; illustrating self assembly on various length scales in a very nice manner.