Macroscopic Description of Ferroelectric Chiral Smectic C* Liquid Crystals

  • B. Zeks
  • T. Carlsson
  • C. Filipic
  • A. Levstik
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 166)


The generalized Landau model is reviewed, which describes thermodynamic behavior of ferrolectric chiral smectic C* liquid crystals. Polarization and tilt temperature dependences are studied. For small biquadratic tilt-polarization coupling as compared to the bilinear one, the dependences deviate only slightly from the classic square root behavior, while for large biquadratic coupling both tilt and polarization develop S-shape behavior. The most convenient way to analyze the data is to study the tilt-polarization relation. In dimensionless form this nonlinear dependence is determined by a single parameter. The model is extended to allow for the polarization sign reversal, which has been observed for some systems recently.


Spontaneous Polarization Free Energy Density Induce Polarization Smectic Layer Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Zeks
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. Carlsson
    • 3
  • C. Filipic
    • 1
  • A. Levstik
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biophysics, Medical FacultyUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaYugoslavia
  2. 2.J. Stefan InstituteUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaYugoslavia
  3. 3.Institute of Theoretical PhysicsChalmers University of TechnologyGoteborgSweden

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