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


Smectic and columnar liquid crystals; concepts and physical properties illustrated by experiments.

Oswald, Patrick and Pawel Pieranski.

Taylor & Francis


690 pages



The liquid crystals book series


Researchers use liquid crystals to perform experiments in such fundamental problems of physics as phase transitions, frustration, elasticity, hydrodynamics, defects, growth phenomena and optics. Oswald (Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon) and Pieranski (U. de Paris VII) describe theoretical and experimental studies in smectic and columnar liquid crystals for advanced students and researchers, covering such topics as structure of the smectic A phase and the transition toward the nematic phase, the continuum theory of smectics A hydrodynamics, dislocations, focal conics, rheology, ferroelectric and antiferroelectric mesophases, twist-grain boundary smectics, hexatic smectics and the smectic B plastic crystal, smectic free films, columnar phases, and growth of a columnar hexagonal phase. This is the companion volume to Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals.

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