Liquid Crystal - Applications and Uses

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Birenda Bahadur
World Scientific, 1991 - Science - 452 pages
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This book reviews comprehensively the technological, scientific, artistic and medical applications of liquid crystals. It starts with the basics of liquid crystals and covers electro-optical, thermo-optical, colour, polymeric, lyotropic, and scientific applications of liquid crystalline materials. It discusses the fabrication and operational principles of a full range of liquid crystal displays including dynamic scattering, twisted nematic, supertwisted nematic, dichroic, smectic A, ferroelectric, polymer dispersed, light valve, active matrix, etc., in detail. It also covers the emerging applications of liquid crystals such as optical computing, nonlinear optics, decorative and visual arts. Classification, theory, chemical structure, physical properties and surface alignment of liquid crystals have detailed chapters to facilitate the basic understanding of the science behind LCDs and other uses of liquid crystals. The chapters, liquid crystal polymers and lyotropic liquid crystals, give deep insight into these areas. The potential uses and applications are also described in detail.
 

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Contents

LIQUID CRYSTALS IN DECORATIVE AND VISUAL ARTS
121
LYOTROPIC MESOPHASES IN NONLIVING SYSTEMS
157
VOLUME 1
160
VOLUME 3
163
LYOTROPIC MESOPHASES IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
185
Theories of Liquid Crystals
225
Liquid Crystal Polymers
294
Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Displays
298
LIQUID CRYSTALS IN CHROMATOGRAPHY
309
THERMOTROPIC LIQUID CRYSTALS AS CHEMICAL REACTION
357
Coloured Photograph Section
397
Subject Index
409
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