[en] We develop both phenomenological and molecular-statistical theory of smectic-A-smectic-C phase transition with anomalously weak smectic layer contraction. Using a general mean-field molecular model, we demonstrate that a relatively simple interaction potential suffices to describe the transition both in conventional and de Vries type smectics. The theoretical results are in excellent agreement with experimental data. The approach can be used to describe tilting transitions in other soft matter systems.
Journal title :
Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics