Surfaces and Interfaces of Liquid Crystals

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August 2004



This book describes the state of the art of our understanding of liquid-crystal interfaces on a molecular level. The interactions of liquid crystal molecules with a surface play an essential role in the operation of liquid crystal displays (LCD's) and other LC devices that are based on the controllable anchoring of LC molecules on polymer coated surfaces. This book addresses the microscopic interaction between a macromolecule (liquid crystal, polymer) and a wall, using state of the art surface and interface-sensitive experimental techniques, such as Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Linear and Nonlinear Optical Microscopy and (Dynamic) Light Scattering (DLS). These experimental techniques were complemented with computer simulations and supra molecular chemistry methods to develop controllable polymeric surfaces.


1 Introduction.
2 Surface-Induced Order Detected by Deuteron Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.
3 Interfacial and Surface Forces in Nematics and Smectics.
4 Linear Optics of Liquid Crystal Interfaces.
5 Solid-Liquid Crystal Interfaces Probed by Optical Second-Harmonic Generation.
6 Liquid Crystal Alignment on Surfaces with Orientational Molecular Order: A Microscopic Model Derived from Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.
7 Scanning Probe Microscopy Studies of Liquid Crystal Interfaces.
8 Introduction to Micro- and Macroscopic Descriptions of Nematic Liquid Crystalline Films: Structural and Fluctuation Forces.
9 Applications.


EAN: 9783540207894
ISBN: 3540207899
Untertitel: 2004. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Seitenanzahl: 312 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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