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See detailOptical and x-ray evidence of the de vries sm-A*-sm-C* transition in a non-layer shrinkage ferroelectric liquid crystal with very weak interlayer tilt correlation
Lagerwall, Jan UL; Giesselmann, Frank; Radcliffe, M. D.

in Physical Review. E. (2002), 66(3), 031703

A non-layer-shrinkage fluorinated ferroelectric liquid crystal compound, 8422@2F3\#, has been characterized by means of optical, x-ray, and calorimetric methods. The orientational distribution within ... [more ▼]

A non-layer-shrinkage fluorinated ferroelectric liquid crystal compound, 8422@2F3\#, has been characterized by means of optical, x-ray, and calorimetric methods. The orientational distribution within macroscopic volumes determined through wide-angle x-ray scattering and birefringence measurements, was found to be identical in the Sm-A* and helical Sm-C* phases. Together with the absence of layer shrinkage, this constitutes strong evidence that the second-order Sm-A*–Sm-C* transition in this material is well described by the diffuse cone model of de Vries. The absolute values of the layer spacing show that the molecules aggregate to antiparallel pairs. The molecular interaction across the layer boundaries will then occur only between fluorine atoms, leading to unusually weak interlayer tilt direction correlation. This explains the experimental observations of a very easily disturbed Sm-C* helix and a peculiar surface-stabilized texture. Tilt angle and birefringence values as a function of field and temperature have been evaluated in the Sm-A* and Sm-C* phases and the results corroborate the conclusions from the x-ray investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailAntiferroelectric liquid crystal mixture without smectic layer shrinkage at the direct sma* - smca* transition
Giesselmann, Frank; Lagerwall, Jan UL; Andersson, G. et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2002), 66(5), 051704

We report results of x-ray, optic, electro-optic, and dielectric investigations on an antiferroelectric liquid- crystal mixture exhibiting a direct second-order phase transition between the Sm-A* and Sm ... [more ▼]

We report results of x-ray, optic, electro-optic, and dielectric investigations on an antiferroelectric liquid- crystal mixture exhibiting a direct second-order phase transition between the Sm-A* and Sm-Ca* phases with virtually no shrinkage in the smectic layer spacing. The birefringence measurements and texture observations suggest that the phase transition follows the diffuse cone model of Adrian de Vries, which explains the constant layer spacing. The antiferroelectric nature of the tilted phase is verified by the presence of twin polarization reversal peaks in the current response and by the absence of strong absorptions in the dielectric spectrum. The threshold for switching this phase to the synclinic, ferroelectric state is sharp and occurs at a very low voltage. [less ▲]

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