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Freely Suspended Liquid Crystalline Films

  • ID: 2176187
  • November 1998
  • 184 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Freely Suspended Liquid Crystalline Films Andrei A. Sonin Centre d'Etudes Atomiques de Saclay, France and Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences with a Foreword by Professor Noel Clark University of Colorado, USA This book provides a brief introduction to the physics of liquid crystals and to macroscopic physical parameters characterising freely suspended liquid crystalline (FSLC) films, and then reviews the experimental techniques for preparing these films, measuring their thicknesses, and investigating their physical properties and structural aspects. Molecular structures and defects of FSLC films and the problems of film stability, thinning and rupture are discussed in later chapters. Physical phenomena, such as orientational and phase transitions, Frederick's and flexoelectric effects, hydroelectrodynamics, etc., are also analysed. Finally, some applications of FSLC films in industry and in various branches of science are discussed. Specialists working in the physics of liquid crystals and in surface physics will find this book of interest. Industrial firms and their research centres investigating liquid crystals, biological membranes, detergent/surfactant/biomedical READ MORE >

Free-Standing Films-Basic Physical Notions and Properties.

Experimental Techniques.

Thinning, Stratification and Rupture.

Orientational and Phase Transitions.

The Field-Induced Effects.

Structure and Defects of Stable Thin Films.

Different Applications of Free-Standing Liquid Crystalline Films.

Index.

A. A. Sonin Centre d'Etudes Atomiques de Saclay, France and Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences.

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