The Physics of Liquid Crystals / Edition 2

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Overview

This new edition of the classic text incorporates the many advances in knowledge about liquid crystals that have taken place since its initial publication in 1974. Entirely new chapters describe the types and properties of liquid crystals in terms of both recently discovered phases and current insight into the nature of local order and isotropic-to-nematic transition. There is an extensive discussion of the symmetrical, macroscopic, dynamic, and defective properties of smectics and columnar phases, with emphasis on order-of-magnitude considerations, all illustrated with numerous descriptions of experimental arrangements. The final chapter is devoted to phase transitions in smectics, including the celebrated analogy between smectic A and superconductors. This new version's topicality and breadth of coverage will ensure that it remains an indispensable guide for researchers and graduate students in mechanics and engineering, and in chemical, solid state, and statistical physics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198517856
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: International Series of Monographs on Physics Series , #83
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 914,938
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

both at Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris
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Table of Contents

1. Liquid Crystals: Main Types and Properties
2. Long- and Short-Range Order in Nematics
3. Static Distortion in a Nematic Single Crystal
4. Defects and Textures in Nematics
5. Dynamic Properties of Nematics
6. Cholesterics
7. Macroscopic Behavior of Smectics and Columnar Phases
8. Dynamical Properties of Smectics and Columnar Phases
9. Defects in Smectics and Columnar Phases
10. Phase Transition in Smectics

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