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Chirality in Liquid Crystals : Partially Ordered Systems - S. Chandrasekhar

Chirality in Liquid Crystals

Partially Ordered Systems

Hardcover Published: 21st December 2000
ISBN: 9780387986791
Number Of Pages: 502

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Objects that differ from their mirror images, such as the left and right hands, play an important role in physics at all lengths scales, from elementary particles to macroscopic systems. The handedness, or chirality, of molecules in liquid crystals has a remarkable influence on the macroscopic physical properties of these systems, including the appearance of new phases. Indeed, the majority of optical applications of liquid crystals is due to chiral structures, namely the thermochromic effect of cholesteric liquid crystals, the optical activity in twisted nematic liquid crystal displays, and the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric switching of smectic liquid crystals.
This book describes the main aspects of chirality in liquid crystals, and points out some of the open questions of current research. The chapters, each by an expert in the field, review the highlights of the important topics and representative questions in the field of chiral liquid crystals.

Foreword
Preface
Contributors
Introduction
Classroom Experiments with Chiral Liquid Crystals
From a Chiral Molecule to a Chiral Anisotropic Phase
Chemical Structures and Polymorphism
Cholesteric Liquid Crystals: Defects and Topology
Cholesteric Liquid Crystals: Optics, Electro-optics, and Photo-optics
Blue Phases
Smectic Liquid Crystals: Ferroelectric Properties and Electroclinic Effect
Smectic Liquid Crystals: Antiferroelectric and Ferrielectric Phases
Twist Grain Boundary Phases
Columnar Liquid Crystals
Some Aspects of Polymer Dispersed and Polymer Stabilized Chiral Liquid Crystals
Chirality in Liquid Crystal Elastomers
Phase Chirality of Micellar Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
Traveling Phase Boundaries with the Broken Symmetries of Life
Index
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ISBN: 9780387986791
ISBN-10: 0387986790
Series: Partially Ordered Systems
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 502
Published: 21st December 2000
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.89

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