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VOLUME 36 | ISSUE 5 | PAGE 144
Orientational effect of a surface light wave on liquid crystals
It is predicted that the nonpropagating light wave appearing with total internal reflection and localized near the interface has a strong effect on a nematic or cholesteric liquid crystal mesophase. The change in the Grandjean structure of the cholesteric liquid crystal is manifested as a change in pitch. On the other hand, the planar structure of the nematic liquid crystal becomes a chiral structure under the action of the wave.