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This new and greatly revised edition of Professor Chandrasekhar's classic book Liquid Crystals (1977) presents a systematic and self-contained treatment of the physics of the different types of thermotropic liquid crystals--the three classical types, nematic, cholosteric and smectic, composed of rod-shaped molecules, and the newly discovered discotic type composed of disc-shaped molecules. The coverage includes a description of the structures of these four main types and their polymorphic modifications, their thermodynamical, optical and mechanical properties and their behavior under external fields. The basic principles underlying the major applications of liquid crystals in display technology (for example, the twisted and super-twisted nematic devices, the surface stabilized ferroelectric device, etc.) and in thermography are also discussed.Read more
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"...the new edition brings the reader comfortably up-to-date with many of the developments in the field during the past 16 years....will be a highly desirable resource for the more advanced graduate student and the researcher in liquid crystals and related fields." Charles Rosenblatt, Physics TodaySee more reviews
"...a good reference for senior graduate students and researchers in this interdisciplinary area of liquid crystal research...relects well the scientific literature..." Ronald Dong, Physics in Canada
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511880834
- contains: 250 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
2. Statistical theories of nematic order
3. Continuum theories of the nematic state
4. Cholesteric liquid crystals
5. Smectic liquid crystals
6. Discotic liquid crystals
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