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The pre-transitional effect in antiferroelectric liquid crystals: a comparison between theory and experiment

Gordon and Breach
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  • 621
  • 3 Ingegneria Elettrotecnica
  • Illuminazione
  • Superconduttivita'
  • Ingegneria Magnetica
  • Ottica Applicata
  • Tecnologia Parafotica
  • Elettronica
  • Ingegneria Delle Comunicazioni
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We have investigated, experimentally and theoretically, the low field (pre-transitional) behaviour of an AFLC material. By measuring the light transmission through a device between crossed polarizers, as a function of both orientation and applied voltage, we determine the vari- ation of both the effective optic axis tilt angle I$ and the optical anisotropy An as a function of voltage. In order to model this hebaviour we use an order parameter theory based on changes to the distribution of molecules within the AFLC layers rather than the soji mode description. With this model we have been able to describe the observed tilt and anisotropy behaviour.

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