Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments, Two Volume Set, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Liquid Crystals

Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments, Two Volume Set, 1st Edition

By Patrick Oswald, Pawel Pieranski

CRC Press

618 pages

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Description

These volumes are a result of the personal research and graduate lectures given by the authors at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and the University of Paris VII, respectively. Featuring an easy-to-follow, accessible style, each volume describes important concepts and physical properties using classroom-friendly experiments, many of which the professors used in their own classes, and clear diagrams.

Although Smectic and Columnar Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments can be used as an independent text, it is an ideal and complementary companion to Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments.

Featuring topics that seldom appear in current literature, these volumes represent an ideal introduction and a valuable source of reference for theoretical and experimental studies of advanced students and researchers in liquid crystals, condensed matter physics, and materials science.

Reviews

“…authoritative and detailed…one notices the importance given to topics that have only received limited coverage elsewhere in the literature, such as surface phenomena (anchoring, faceting) and the dynamics of growth or deformation.”

— Jacques Friedel, Académie des Sciences, Paris, France

Table of Contents

Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals:  Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments

OVERVIEW

Some History

Modern Classification of Liquid Crystals

Mesogenic Anatomy

MESOPHASES WITH AN ORIENTATIONAL ORDER

Structure and Dielectric Properties of the Nematic Phase

Nematoelasticity: Frederiks Transition and Light Scattering

Nematodynamics and Flow Instabilities

Defects and Textures in Nematics

Anchoring and Anchoring Transitions of Nematics on Solid Surfaces

The Nematic-Isotropic Liquid Interface: Static Properties and Directional Growth Instabilities

Cholesterics: the First Example of a Frustrated Mesophase

Blue Phases: a Second Example of a Frustrated Mesophase

Overview of Growth Phenomena and the Mullins-Sekerka Instability

Subject index

Author index

Smectic and Columnar Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments

Dedication

Preface to the English edition

SMECTIC AND COLUMNAR LIQUID CRYSTALS

Structure of the Smectic A Phase and the Transition Toward the Nematic Phase

Continuum Theory of Smectics A Hydrodynamics

Dislocations, Focal Conics, and Rheology of Smectics A

Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Mesophases

The Twist-Grain Boundary Smectics

Hexatic Smectics

The Smectic B Plastic Crystal

Smectic Free Films

Columnar Phases

Growth of a Columnar Hexagonal Phase

Subject index

Author index

About the Series

Liquid Crystals Book Series

The Liquid Crystals Book Series publishes authoritative accounts of all aspects of the field, ranging from the basic fundamentals to the forefront of research, from the physics of liquid crystals to their chemical and biological properties, and from their self-assembling structures to their applications in devices. The series provides readers new to liquid crystals with a firm grounding in the subject, while offering experienced scientists and liquid crystallographers an indispensable resource to enhance their own research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCI013050
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCI013060
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
SCI077000
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics