J. Phys. II France
Volume 6, Numéro 7, July 1996
Page(s) 955 - 960
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1996109
J. Phys. II France 6 (1996) 955-960

Modification of the Interactions in a Lamellar Phase by the Presence of Nanoparticles

Virginie Ponsinet and Pascale Fabre

Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée URA-CNRS 792, Collège de France, 11 place Marcelin Berthelot, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

(Received 6 December 1995, revised 14 May 1996, accepted 20 May 1996)

A ferrosmectic is a swollen lamellar phase in which solid magnetic particles have been incorporated. We measure the elastic constants of these phases, and compare them to conventional lyotropic smectic phases. It is shown that both the bending and the compression elastic constants are largely enhanced by the presence of particles and that their evolution can not be accounted for by the usual models for lamellar phases. A phenomenological model of enhanced repulsive potential between membranes based on steric considerations is developed and confronted to experimental results.

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