Effect of spontaneous polarization on smectic C*-smectic A* phase transition temperature and the thickness dependence of the spontaneous polarization of ferroelectric liquid crystal

SS Roy, TP Majumder, SK Roy, PK Mukherjee

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    Abstract

    The influence of spontaneous polarization on the smectic C*-smectic A* phase transition was studied theoretically by means of Landau theory. It was observed from the theoretical calculations that the transition temperature from a non-chiral to chiral smectic C phase is shifted due to the effect of bilinear and biquadratic couplings. A qualitative relationship has also been derived between spontaneous polarization and cell thickness which supports the experimental observations of the increase of spontaneous polarization with the increase of cell thickness for surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-62
    JournalLiquid Crystals
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998

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