Optical and Electro-Optical Properties of Liquid Crystals: Nematic and Smectic Phases

Minko Parvanov Petrov
Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria

Series: Lasers and Electro-Optics Research and Technology

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Optical and Electro-Optical Properties of Liquid Crystals: Nematic and Smectic Phases describes the general properties of the most popular liquid crystal (LC) phases nematics (Ns) and smectics (Ss), and in addition, is directed to fill in a niche of the LC field. This book covers topics ranging from the types and classifications of liquid crystals to a detail description of the fundamental properties of nematics and smectics, including continuum theory, nonlinearity, behaviour in electric field, surface alignment, phase transitions, defect and textures and provides a useful reference intended for advanced topics of the physics of liquid crystals. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

1. General Properties of the Liquid Crystals

2. Textures of Nematic and Smectic C Liquid Crystals

3. Surface Properties of Smectic Liquid Crystals

4. Surface Induced Transition in Liquid Crystals

5. Electric Field Effects in Liquid Crystals Electrohydrodynamic (electroconvective-EC) Instabilities in Nematic, Smectic C and Ferroelectric C

6. Pre-Transition (Transitional) Effects in the Nematic Phase. Anomalies in the Temperature Trends of the Characteristic LC Constants

7. Physicochemical Nature of the Dimeric Liquid: A Quantum Chemical Method for Obtaining the Structure of Dimeric LC

8. Supramolecular Liquid Crystal

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