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Metastable states in antiferroelectric liquid crystals
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Paper Abstract

Investigations of a mixture possessing induced antiferroelectric phase are described. This mixture exhibited large thermal hysteresis of the transition between ferroelectric and antiferroelectric phases, which was demonstrated using dielectric and optical methods. Very slow kinetics (ranging from minutes to days) of the transition smectic C* $ARLR smectic CA* was revealed. The coexistence of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric states was noticed. In the investigated mixture the V-shaped switching was observed. The observed phenomena: hysteresis, slow kinetics and threshold-less switching are probably caused by competition of ferroelectric and antiferroelectric interactions acting between smectic layers.

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Date Published: 12 May 2000
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4147, Liquid Crystals: Chemistry, Physics, and Applications, (12 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.385661
Show Author Affiliations
F. Goc, Institute of Molecular Physics (Poland)
Wojciech Kuczynski, Institute of Molecular Physics (Poland)
Roman S. Dabrowski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4147:
Liquid Crystals: Chemistry, Physics, and Applications
Stanislaw J. Klosowicz; Jolanta Rutkowska; Jerzy Zielinski; Jozef Zmija, Editor(s)

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