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Calorimetric Studies of Liquid Crystal Phase Transitions: AC Techniques

  • C. W. Garland
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 290)

Abstract

Liquid crystals exhibit a rich variety of second-order phase transitions and multicritical points. In order to characterize fully the nature of the critical fluctuations at such transitions, it is necessary to employ a variety of experimental techniques. Among these are high-resolution calorimetric methods, which provide direct information about the energy fluctuations. Such heat capacity data in combination with scattering results can establish the universality class of a given transition and test various theories of liquid crystal behavior.

Keywords

Liquid Crystal Universality Class Tricritical Point Heat Capacity Data Excess Heat Capacity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. W. Garland
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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