Liquid Crystals

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 26, 1992 - Science - 460 pages
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This new and greatly revised edition of Professor Chandrasekhar's classic book Liquid Crystals (1977) presents a systematic and self-contained treatment of the physics of the different types of thermotropic liquid crystals--the three classical types, nematic, cholosteric and smectic, composed of rod-shaped molecules, and the newly discovered discotic type composed of disc-shaped molecules. The coverage includes a description of the structures of these four main types and their polymorphic modifications, their thermodynamical, optical and mechanical properties and their behavior under external fields. The basic principles underlying the major applications of liquid crystals in display technology (for example, the twisted and super-twisted nematic devices, the surface stabilized ferroelectric device, etc.) and in thermography are also discussed.
 

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Contents

Lyotropic liquid crystals
12
Continuum theory of the nematic state
85
dimension
123
Cholesteric liquid crystals
213
Smectic liquid crystals
300
Discotic liquid crystals
388
References
418
Index
451
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