Charles Shaw, 2nd Place - Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy

For this image, a small quantity of C8 was placed on a glass slide inside a sealed hot stage with a constant N2 purge. The sample was then heated directly to the liquid crystalline phase (~170 ºC). The resulting texture is observed only in thicker sections with no anchoring top surface. It is not readily recognizable as a liquid crystalline optical texture, and is produced—in part—by the high viscosity encountered on heating into the phase, which inhibits the formation of more readily recognizable textures. At the edge of the sample—where the sample thins considerably—the undulating SmC texture observed in Submission 1 is against seen.
Charles Shaw, 2nd Place - Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy
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