Nematic Emulsions

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Science  21 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5307, pp. 1751
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5307.1751

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Emulsions and colloids are fundamentally interesting but also have technological importance in industrial applications. In his Perspective, Joanny [see also Poulin et al. (p. 1770)] discusses results reported in the same issue on a new kind of colloidal interaction observed when water droplets are dispersed in a liquid-crystal solvent. This liquid-crystal emulsion provides a way to understand the formation and stability of defects in complex fluids.