Chirality in Liquid Crystals

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2001 - Science - 501 pages
Objects that differ from their mirror images, such as the left and right hands, play an important role in physics at all lengths scales, from elementary particles to macroscopic systems. The handedness, or chirality, of molecules in liquid crystals has a remarkable influence on the macroscopic physical properties of these systems, including the appearance of new phases. Indeed, the majority of optical applications of liquid crystals is due to chiral structures, namely the thermochromic effect of cholesteric liquid crystals, the optical activity in twisted nematic liquid crystal displays, and the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric switching of smectic liquid crystals.
This book describes the main aspects of chirality in liquid crystals, and points out some of the open questions of current research. The chapters, each by an expert in the field, review the highlights of the important topics and representative questions in the field of chiral liquid crystals.
 

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Contents

Classroom Experiments with Chiral Liquid Crystals
28
From a Chiral Molecule to a Chiral Anisotropic Phase
67
Chemical Structures and Polymorphism
101
Defects and Topology
115
Optics Electrooptics
159
Blue Phases
186
Ferroelectric Properties
223
Antiferroelectric and Ferrielectric
251
Twist Grain Boundary Phases
296
Columnar Liquid Crystals
355
Some Aspects of Polyemer Dispersed and Polymer Stabilized
375
Chirality in Liquid Crystal Elastomers
433
Phase Chirality of Micellar Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
447
Traveling Phase Boundaries with the Broken Symmetries of Life
481
Index
495
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