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Materials 2014, 7(5), 3568-3587; doi:10.3390/ma7053568

A Review of Polymer-Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals

School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Schuster Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Received: 9 March 2014 / Revised: 13 April 2014 / Accepted: 28 April 2014 / Published: 6 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Crystals)
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The polymer stabilized state of ferroelectric liquid crystals (FLC) is reviewed; and the effect of a dispersed polymer network in an FLC outlined and discussed. All fundamental material aspects are demonstrated; such as director tilt angle; spontaneous polarization; response time and viscosity; as well as the dielectric modes. It was found that the data can largely be explained by assuming an elastic interaction between the polymer network strands and the liquid crystal molecules. The elastic interaction parameter was determined; and increases linearly with increasing polymer concentration. View Full-Text
Keywords: liquid crystal; polymer network; ferroelectric; antiferroelectric; photopolymerization; material properties liquid crystal; polymer network; ferroelectric; antiferroelectric; photopolymerization; material properties

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Dierking, I. A Review of Polymer-Stabilized Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals. Materials 2014, 7, 3568-3587.

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