Homogeneous and heterogeneous switching in antiferroelectric liquid crystals

Beccherelli, Romeo and Mottram, Nigel J. and Elston, Steve J. (2000) Homogeneous and heterogeneous switching in antiferroelectric liquid crystals. EPJ. Applied physics , 9 (3). pp. 247-252. ISSN 1286-0042

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An experimental investigation of hysteretic switching in antiferroelectric liquid crystals has been carried out. It is shown that in switching from the antiferroelectric state to the ferroelectric state there exists both a heterogeneous process involving the growth of finger-like domains and a homogeneous process in which the whole cell uniformly switches. At high field slew rates the homogeneous process dominates. However, ferroelectric to antiferroelectric switching involves only a heterogeneous process. A simple analytic model is then used to describe the experimental results and thus understand the competition between homogeneous and heterogeneous switching.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 620 Ingegneria e attivita' affini > 621 Fisica applicata; Ingegneria meccanica > 621.3 Ingegneria elettrotecnica; Illuminazione; Superconduttivita'; Ingegneria magnetica; Ottica applicata; Tecnologia parafotica; Elettronica; Ingegneria delle comunicazioni; Elaboratori
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2013 15:56
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/4535

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