Polar smectic subphases: Phase diagrams, structures and X-ray scattering

  • P. V. Dolganov
  • V. M. Zhilin
  • V. E. Dmitrienko
  • E. I. Kats
Condensed Matter


We analyze a discrete phenomenological model accounting for phase transitions and structures of polar Smectic-C* liquid-crystalline phases. The model predicts a sequence of phases observed in experiment: antiferroelectric SmC A * –ferrielectric SmC FI1 * –antiferroelectric SmC FI2 * (three-and four-layer periodic, respectively)–incommensurate SmC α * –SmA. We find that, in the three-layer SmC FI1 * structure, both the phase and the module of the order parameter (tilt angle) differ in smectic layers. This modulation of the tilt angle (and therefore of the layer spacing d) must lead to X-ray diffraction at the wave vectors Q s =2πs/d(s=n±1/3) even for the nonresonant scattering.

PACS numbers

61.30.Eb 64.70.Md 61.10.Eq 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. V. Dolganov
    • 1
  • V. M. Zhilin
    • 1
  • V. E. Dmitrienko
    • 2
  • E. I. Kats
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Solid State PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow regionRussia
  2. 2.Shubnikov Institute of CrystallographyMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Laue-Langevin InstituteGrenobleFrance
  4. 4.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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