Chiral and herringbone symmetry breaking in water-surface monolayers

I.R. Peterson, R.M. Kenn, A. Goudot, P. Fontaine, F. Rondelez, W.G. Bouwman, K. Kjær

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    Abstract

    We report the observation from monolayers of eicosanoic acid in the L(2)' phase of three distinct out-of-plane first-order diffraction peaks, indicating molecular tilt in a nonsymmetry direction and hence the absence of mirror symmetry. At lower pressures the molecules tilt in the direction of their nearest neighbors. In this region we find a structural transition, which we tentatively identify as the rotator-herringbone transition L(2d)-L(2h).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review E
    Volume53
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)667-673
    ISSN1063-651X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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