Publication Title

Physical Review Letters

Publication Date

12-30-2002

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.275504

Keywords

achiral molecules, behavior

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

The first theoretical description of the experimentally often-observed isotropic-polar smectic phase transitions of symmetric and asymmetric bent-shape molecules is presented. The isotropic-tilted polar smectic phase transition requires a coupling among three types of ordering processes: polar packing, director tilt, and layer ordering. For explaining the unusual triclinic-monoclinic phase transition with the lower symmetry phase at higher temperature, observed in fluoro-containing compounds recently, a mechanism is proposed in which the layer ordering triggers the simultaneous onset of the tilt and polar order.

Comments

Copyright 2002 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.89.275504


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