Fukuda, A. and Hakoi, H. and Sato, M. and Osipov, Mikhail (2003) Fluctuation forces stabilizing two kinds of staircases in chiral tilted fluid smectics frustrated between ferro- and antiferro-electricity. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 398 (1). pp. 169-187. ISSN 1542-1406Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Conventional dispersion and steric interactions between mesogenic molecules generally promote SmC*, while the interlayer orientational correlation between transverse molecular dipoles stabilizes anticlinic SmC A *. Ferroelectric and antiferroelectric orders thus produced are frustrated because of the X-Y freedom and the low-energy barrier between them. We can naturally explain not only a series of subphases between SmC A * and SmC* but also the staircase character of SmC f * emerging just below SmA by using the Casimir type long-range interaction due to polarization fluctuations, if we take account of the discrete flexoelectric polarization appropriately in addition to the ordinary one.
|Keywords:||fluid smectics, fluid dynamics, electricity, flexoelectric polarization, phase transition, frustrated smectics, subphase, devil's staircase, casimir force, discrete flexoelectric polarization, Mathematics, Materials Science(all), Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics|
|Subjects:||Science > Mathematics|
|Department:||Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics|
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||23 Nov 2006|
|Last modified:||06 Jan 2017 03:20|