Chirality in Liquid Crystals

  • Heinz-Siegfried Kitzerow
  • Christian Bahr

Part of the Partially Ordered Systems book series (PARTIAL.ORDERED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Heinz-Siegfried Kitzerow, Christian Bahr
    Pages 1-27
  3. Hans-Georg Kuball, Tatiana Höfer
    Pages 67-100
  4. Volkmar Vill
    Pages 101-114
  5. O. D. Lavrentovich, M. Kleman
    Pages 115-158
  6. Peter P. Crooker
    Pages 186-222
  7. Hideo Takezoe, Yoichi Takanishi
    Pages 251-295
  8. Heinz-Siegfried Kitzerow
    Pages 296-354
  9. Harald Bock
    Pages 355-374
  10. Gregory P. Crawford, Daniel Svenšek, Slobodan Žumer
    Pages 375-432
  11. P. Stein, H. Finkelmann
    Pages 433-446
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 495-501

About this book


Objects that differ from their mirror images, such as the left and right hands, play an important role in physics at all lengths scales, from elementary particles to macroscopic systems. The handedness, or chirality, of molecules in liquid crystals has a remarkable influence on the macroscopic physical properties of these systems, including the appearance of new phases. Indeed, the majority of optical applications of liquid crystals is due to chiral structures, namely the thermochromic effect of cholesteric liquid crystals, the optical activity in twisted nematic liquid crystal displays, and the ferroelectric and antiferroelectric switching of smectic liquid crystals.
This book describes the main aspects of chirality in liquid crystals, and points out some of the open questions of current research. The chapters, each by an expert in the field, review the highlights of the important topics and representative questions in the field of chiral liquid crystals.


chemical structure crystal molecule optical activity optics physics polymer structure symmetry topology

Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz-Siegfried Kitzerow
    • 1
  • Christian Bahr
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Physical ChemistryUniversity of MarburgMarburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-98679-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21642-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-5114
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