Kerr Effect in the Isotropic Phase of p-Azoxyanisole

  • N. V. Madhusudana
  • S. Chandrasekhar


The electric birefringence in the isotropic phase of p-azoxyanisole is evaluated in terms of the pheno-menological model of de Gennes. It is shown that when the contributions of the polarizability and the permanent dipole moment are taken into account there should occur a reversal of sign of the birefringence a few degrees above the nematic-isotropic transition point TC. The result is in accordance with experiment.


Nematic Phase Isotropic Phase KERR Effect Cavity Field Diamagnetic Susceptibility 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. V. Madhusudana
    • 1
  • S. Chandrasekhar
    • 1
  1. 1.Raman Research InstituteBangaloreIndia

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