Nature of the smectic-Asmectic-C phase transition in liquid crystals

Cheng-Cher Huang, J. M. Viner

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Experimentally we present high-resolution ac calorimetry measurements on a liquid-crystal compound exhibiting a smectic-Asmectic-C (SmA-SmC) phase transition which is shown to be mean-field-like. In the light of this experimental result, a simple and convincing argument, based on the mean-field theory, is given to explain why non-mean-field critical exponents were obtained in many of the studies on the SmA-SmC transition. The theory not only gives an excellent fit to our data for temperatures below the transition temperature but also provides a qualitative prediction on the size of the deviation from the linear relationship between (Tc-T) and the square of the order parameter. The predicted deviation is consistent with x-ray measurements on the order parameter of another liquid-crystal compound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3385-3388
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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