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Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals

ISBN: 978-3-527-61359-5
445 pages
July 2008
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The study of ferroelectricity is a branch of solid state physics which has shown rapid growth during the recent years. Ferroelectric materials exhibit unusual electric properties which make them useful in modern (opto)electronic technology, esp. display technology.
Ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystals, including also various polymer forms, are the hottest research topic today in liquid crystals. The field is at the very beginning of industrial exploitation - a sensitive phase in which a good reference work is needed and will have a broad spectrum of readers both at universities and in industry.
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Introduction
Polar Materials and Effects
The Necessary Conditions for Macroscopic Polarization in a Material
The Flexoelectric Polarization
The SmA*-SmC* Transition and the Helical C* State
Electrooptics in the Surface-Stabilized State
Dielectric Spectroscopy
FLC Device Structures
Symmetry and Polar Materials in Examples
Polar Properties of Free-Standing Films
Polymer-Dispersed FLCs
Polymer Network FLCs
Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals
Field-Induced Smectic Layer Instabilities
Mechanical Fragility of the Smectic Bookshelf Structure
Electronic Addressing of FLCs and AFLCs
FLC and AFLC Materials
Polar MAterials without Director-Symmetry
Symmetry and Magnetic Liquid Crystals
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