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See detailAntiferroelectric liquid crystals with 45° tilt - a new class of promising electro-optic materials
D’havé, K.; Dahlgren, A; Rudquist, Per et al

in Ferroelectrics (2000), 244

Antiferroelectric liquid crystals with a tilt angle of 45 degrees have very interesting optical properties, which seem to have been overlooked so far perhaps because such materials have hardly been ... [more ▼]

Antiferroelectric liquid crystals with a tilt angle of 45 degrees have very interesting optical properties, which seem to have been overlooked so far perhaps because such materials have hardly been available. We have prepared a four-component mixture of partially fluorinated compounds with a SmC/sub n/* phase in the interval between 27.4 degrees C and 121.6 degrees C, in which the tilt angle theta saturates at 45 degrees for T<or=80 degrees C, and we investigate the optical properties, theoretically and experimentally. One of the surprising features of 45 degree materials is that they permit a remarkably high contrast by virtue of an excellent dark-state, in spite of the fact that AFLC materials are notoriously difficult to align. This is because a 45 degrees AFLC turns out to be (negatively) uniaxial instead of biaxial. We describe these properties and propose a number of potentially interesting new applications, including a polarizer-free display mode and a three-level ``phase-only'' modulator. [less ▲]

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See detailDielectric investigations of a chiral monomer and side chain polymer
Gouda, F.; Kutub, Abdul A; Fodor-csorba, K. et al

in Molecular Crystals & Liquid Crystals (2000), 352

The dynamics of different collective and non-collective modes in a chiral liquid crystalline monomer and its side-chain polymer have been studied by dielectric spectroscopy. The monomer system enabled us ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of different collective and non-collective modes in a chiral liquid crystalline monomer and its side-chain polymer have been studied by dielectric spectroscopy. The monomer system enabled us to study the temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity when crossing the transition from the SmA* phase directly to the crystal phase. Although the polymer system has a SmA* to SmC* transition, we found that the temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity is radically different from the normally observed behaviour in these phases. The contributions from the soft and Goldstone modes, respectively, are extremely low, a result which is related to the very low value of the spontaneous polarization of the material. At lower temperatures in the SmC* phase, a very weak dielectric absorption located around 50 kHz is observed and discussed in terms of the liberational motion of side chains around the polymer main chain. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrooptic and dielectric spectroscopy measurements of binary chiral-dopant antiferroelectric mixtures
Parghi, D. D.; Lagerwall, Jan UL; Heppke, Gerd

in Molecular Crystals & Liquid Crystals (1999), 351

Recent examinations on binary chiral-dopant antiferroelectric liquid crystalline mixtures revealed an unusual switching behaviour. In order to investigate the switching processes that take place in the ... [more ▼]

Recent examinations on binary chiral-dopant antiferroelectric liquid crystalline mixtures revealed an unusual switching behaviour. In order to investigate the switching processes that take place in the mixtures, both in the bulk and as influenced by surfaces, further electrooptic and dielec- tric spectroscopy studies have been carried out on two model binary mix- tures in the induced SmA*, SmC* and SmCA* phases. The dielectric spectra feature the different modes typical for these phases, but of varying purity, indicating a more complex phase behaviour than expected. The electrooptic behaviour in the antiferroelectric phase varied from clearly antiferroelectric to near hysteresis-free switching directly between ferro- electric states. We conclude that the phase sequence, and consequently switching behaviour, is a function of both the type of dopant used and of the strength of the surface interactions (cell thickness). In thin cells syn- clinic (ferroelectric) ordering appears to be favoured. [less ▲]

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See detailThe dependence on the helical pitch of the antiferroelectric dielectric modes
Lagerwall, Jan UL; Fütterer, T.; Moro, D. et al

in Ferroelectrics (1999), 244

In an attempt to determine the physical nature of the low-frequency dielectric mode in antiferroelectric liquid crystals, we have studied the dielectric response in thick planar-oriented samples of ... [more ▼]

In an attempt to determine the physical nature of the low-frequency dielectric mode in antiferroelectric liquid crystals, we have studied the dielectric response in thick planar-oriented samples of Smectic C/sub A/* compounds undergoing a helix inversion. If the mode is collective there ought to be a minimum in the dielectric absorption due to the mode, at the temperature at which the helical pitch diverges. Although the effect is not large, we find minima for both antiferroelectric modes at this point, indicating that both modes are related to the helical director structure. A corresponding experiment has also been performed on a binary mixture which shows a helix inversion for a certain mixing ratio. However, because the effect in this case is overshadowed by unavoidable variations in other parameters, no minimum was detected. [less ▲]

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See detailThe case of thresholdless antiferroelectricity: Polarization-stabilized twisted SmC* liquid crystals give V-shaped electro-optic response
Rudquist, Per; Lagerwall, Jan UL; Buivydas, M. et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (1999), 9(6), 1257-1261

We have studied the three-component liquid crystal mixture reported to exhibit ‘thresholdless antiferroelectricity’ [Inui et al., J. Mater. Chem, 1996, 6, 671]. We find that the thresholdless or V-shaped ... [more ▼]

We have studied the three-component liquid crystal mixture reported to exhibit ‘thresholdless antiferroelectricity’ [Inui et al., J. Mater. Chem, 1996, 6, 671]. We find that the thresholdless or V-shaped switching is obtained in thf absence of antiferroelectricity. This analog electro-optic response is due to the field-induced switching of a twisted smectic C* structure stabilized by polar surface interactions and by electrostatic bulk polarization charge interactions. The latter confine the director twist to thin surface regions leaving the bulk of the cell uniform, which gives good extinction at zero field. In sufficiently thin cells, such thresholdless switching can in fact be followed down to much lower temperatures, where the bulk would be antiferroelectric, but is maintained in the cells in the ferroelectric state by hysteresis from surface action. [less ▲]

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