Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals

Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments, 1st Edition

By Patrick Oswald, Pawel Pieranski

CRC Press

648 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780367864316
pub: 2020-03-31
SAVE ~$17.19
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 31st March 2020
$85.95
$68.76
x
Hardback: 9780415321402
pub: 2005-02-28
SAVE ~$43.00
$215.00
$172.00
x
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780429215742
pub: 2005-02-28
from $28.98


FREE Standard Shipping!

Description

Liquid crystals allow us to perform experiments that provide insight into fundamental problems of modern physics, such as phase transitions, frustration, elasticity, hydrodynamics, defects, growth phenomena, and optics (linear and non linear). This excellent volume meets the need for an up-to-date text on liquid crystals.

Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments is a result of personal research and of the graduate lectures given by the authors at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and the University of Paris VII, respectively. The first part of the book presents historical background, the modern classification of liquid crystals, and mesogenic anatomy; the second part examines liquid crystals with nematic and cholesteric orientational order. Topics include dielectric and magnetic properties, Frederiks transitions and displays, light scattering, flow and electrohydrodynamic instabilities, surface anchoring transitions, interfaces, equilibrium shapes, and the Mullins-Sekerka instability. Smectic and columnar liquid crystals are covered in more detail by the authors in a separate volume, entitled Smectic and Columnar Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments.

The presentation is illustrated throughout by simple experiments, some of which were performed in class. Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments provides a useful reference intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students and researchers in liquid crystals, condensed matter physics, and materials science.

Table of Contents

PART A: OVERVIEW

Some History

Modern Classification of Liquid Crystals

Mesogenic Anatomy

PART B: 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

About the Authors

Patrick Oswald, Pawel Pieranski, John W. Goodby and George W. Gray

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