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Distortions induced by a magnetic field in planar aligned samples of smectic C liquid crystals

Stewart, Iain W. (2001) Distortions induced by a magnetic field in planar aligned samples of smectic C liquid crystals. In: International Liquid Crystal Conference 18, 2000-07-24 - 2000-07-28.

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Abstract

This paper presents some preliminary theoretical results for the onset of the Helfrich-Hurault transition in smectic-C liquid crystals induced by a magnetic field applied parallel to the smectic layers. An energy in terms of the smectic layer displacement u is minimized via averaging to enable the calculation of a critical field strength Hc for the onset of layer distortions.