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Abstract : Short liquid crystalline polymers in a nematic environment are very unlikely to cyclise. Hairpins, abrupt chain folds, favour cyclisation. As a result the cyclisation rate constant exhibits a maximum as a function of chain length. The maximum corresponds to a new object, a -ringlet-. The rate constant also depends exponentially on temperature. This suggests excimer fluorescence as a probe of configurations and dynamics of main-chain liquid crystalline polymers.





Author: D. Williams A. Halperin

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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