A negative dielectric anisotropy cholesteric liquid crystal, oriented homeotropically in a wedged capacitance cell, was subjected to an applied electric field. The Freedericksz transition threshold voltage was found to depend on the local thickness of the sample, and was found to vanish at a thickness of order 3/2 P, where P is the pitch of the cholesteric in the bulk. The results are consistent with a continuum elastic theory. A discussion of the technological ramifications is presented.

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