Based on graduate lectures given by the authors, Smectic and Columnar Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments examines lamellar (smectic) and columnar liquid crystals, which, in addition to orientational order, possess 1D, 2D or 3D positional order. Topics include rheology and plasticity, ferroelectricity, analogies with superconductors, hexatic order and 2D-melting, equilibrium shapes, facetting, and the Mullins-Sekerka instability, as well as phase transitions in free films and membrane vibrations. Nematic and cholesteric liquid crystals are covered by the authors in a separate volume entitled Nematic and Cholesteric Liquid Crystals: Concepts and Physical Properties Illustrated by Experiments.

part Part C|654 pages

Smectic And Columnar Liquid Crystals

chapter Chapter C.II|49 pages

Continuum theory of smectic A hydrodynamics

chapter Chapter C.III|75 pages

Dislocations, focal conics and rheology of smectics A

chapter Chapter C.IV|61 pages

Ferroelectric and antiferroelectric mesophases

chapter Chapter C.V|50 pages

The twist-grain boundary smectics

chapter Chapter C.VI|49 pages

Hexatic smectics

chapter Chapter C.VII|45 pages

The smectic B plastic crystal

chapter Chapter C.VIII|178 pages

Smectic free films

chapter Chapter C.IX|61 pages

Columnar phases

chapter Chapter C.X|26 pages

Growth of a columnar hexagonal phase