Phase Transitions in Liquid Crystals:

effects of surfaces and ferroelectric subphases

 

Erice (TP) July 10 - 17, 2004

 

 

Directors: E.Gorecka, M.Marinelli, P.Pasini

 

 

 

July 10

 

Afternoon: Arrival

 

21.15: Welcome Reception at the Marsala Lecture Hall (S. Rocco)

 

 

July 11

 

 

 

 

9.00 9.20

 

Welcome

9.20 10.10

J. Thoen

Calorimetric study of phase transitions in liquid crystals

10.20 11.10

M.Cepic

Continuous modelling of polar smectics

11.20 11.50

 

Coffee Break

11.50 12.40

C.Zannoni
 

 

 

 

Lunch Break

 

16.00 16.50

C.Rosenblatt

Control of surface orientation

17.00 18.00

ORAL Presentations

Bonalde

Long ranfe order in nematics strongly confined in fractal silica gels

Cordoyannis

 

Ricci
 

18.00 18.20

 

Coffee Break and Posters

18.20 19.20

ORAL Presentations

Bazec

A simulation of surface effects on polymerization induced phase separation in PDLC.

Micheletti

 

Markun

Pseudo-Casimir force in smectic liquid crystals

 

 

July 12

 

 

 

 

9.00 9.50

J.Thoen

Calorimetric study of phase transitions in confined liquid crystals

10.00 10.50

D.Finotello

Liquid crystal chain length induced anchoring transitions under confinement

11.00 11.30

 

Coffee Break

11.30 12.20

C.Rosenblatt
Orientational Transitions at a Liquid Crystal Substrate Interface

 

 

 

Lunch Break

 

15.40 16.00

ORAL Presentations

Tordini

Growth and alignment of single nematic liquid crystalline domains in a magnetic field

16.00 16.50

S.Zumer

 

17.00 17.50

F. Mantegazza

Nematic ordering in presence of quenched disorder

18.00 18.20

 

Coffee Break

18.20 19.10

M.Marinelli

Kinetic of phase transitions in confined liquid crystals

 

 

July 13

 

 

 

 

9.00 19.00

 

Excursion to Selinunte and Segesta

 

 

July 14

 

 

 

 

9.00 9.50

D.Feldman

Destruction of bulk ordering by surface randomness

10.00 10.50

E.Gorecka

Polar order of soft matter

11.00 11.30

 

Coffee Break

11.30 12.20

J.Selinger
Tilt, Polarity, and Chiral Order in Bent-Core Liquid Crystals

 

 

 

Lunch Break

 

15.40 16.00

ORAL Presentations

Denholf

 

16.00 16.50

B.Pansu

Introduction to resonant scattering ; application to smectics (theory and experiments)

17.00 17.50

M.Cepic

Discrete modelling of polar smectics

18.00 18.20

 

Coffee Break

18.20 19.10

D.Finotello

Order and Disorder Effects on the Orientational Order of Liquid Crystal Dispersions

20.30

 

 

SOCIAL DINNER

 

 

 

July 15

 

 

 

 

9.00 9.50

B.Pansu

X-ray scattering on complex chiral architectures (TGB, smectic blue phases, SmQ....)

10.00 10.50

J.Selinger

Isotropic-Nematic Transition in Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers: Lattice Model with Quenched Disorder

11.00 11.30

 

Coffee Break

11.30 12.20

E.Gorecka
Ferro-, ferri- and antiferroelectric liquid crystals

 

 

 

Lunch Break

 

16.00 16.50

D.Feldman

Glass States of Nematics in Random Porous Media

17.00 17.50

R.Barberi

Electric field induced transitions in nematic liquid crystals I

18.00 18.20

 

Coffee Break

18.20 19.10

I.Musevic

Surfaces and interfaces of complex fluids studied by scanning probe techniques.

 

 

July 16

 

 

 

 

9.00 9.50

R.Barberi

Electric field induced transitions in nematic liquid crystals II

10.00 10.50

I.Musevic

Forces at liquid crystal interfaces.

11.00 11.30

 

Coffee Break

11.30 12.30

ORAL Presentations

R. Caputo

Optical and Electro-Optical Properties of POLICRYPS Gratings

De Luca

Color tunable distributed feedback organic microcavity laser

Veltri

A model for enforced unperturbed states and critical reorientation of liquid crystals acted on by competing light beams

 

 

 

Lunch Break

 

 

 

July 17

 

Departure