Strathprints Home | Open Access | Browse | Search | User area | Copyright | Help | Library Home | SUPrimo

Fluctuation forces stabilizing two kinds of staircases in chiral tilted fluid smectics frustrated between ferro- and antiferro-electricity

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 1542-1406

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

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.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2126
Keywords: fluid smectics, fluid dynamics, electricity, flexoelectric polarization, phase transition, frustrated smectics, subphase, devil's staircase, casimir force, discrete flexoelectric polarization, Mathematics
Subjects: Science > Mathematics
Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics
Related URLs:
    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2006
    Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 15:27
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2126

    Actions (login required)

    View Item