Molecular Order and Molecular Theories of Liquid Crystals

  • W. L. McMillan


I want to review for you the molecular theories of liquid crystals which have been developed recently. You are all familiar with the Maier-Saupe (1) theory of the nematic phase. Kobayashi (2) and I (3) independently formulated a theory of the smectic A phase which has proved quite useful. This year I (4) worked out a molecular theory of the smectic C phase and my student, Bob Meyer, (5) has extended that theory to the smectic B and H phases.


Liquid Crystal Soft Core Nematic Phase Molecular Theory Liquid Crystal Phasis 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. L. McMillan
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Physics and Materials Research LaboratoryUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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