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|Title:||An experimental study of the smectic A-smectic C transitions in monolayer, partially bilayer and bilayer systems|
|Authors:||Krishna Prasad, S.|
Shankar Rao, D.S.
|Keywords:||smectic A-smectic C transition|
tilt angle measurements
|Publisher:||Gordon and Breach Science Publishers.|
|Citation:||Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 1994, Vol.238 , p241-247|
|Abstract:||The smectic A-smectic C (A-C) transition in several compounds has been shown to be mean-field-like (MF) with a substantial tricritical crossover effect. However, a simple MF behaviour, i.e., with negligible tricritical influence, had not been reported till recently. The heat capacity measurements of the MIT group in two compounds exhibiting the bilayer A2-C2 transition revealed such a behaviour. It is of interest to investigate whether a simple MF behaviour can be observed for partially bilayer Ad-Cd and monolayer A1-C1 transitions also. We report the first systematic order parameter measurements in the vicinity of the A2-C2, Ad-Cd and A1-C1 transitions. The data analysed in terms of power law and extended mean field expressions provide clear evidence of a simple MF behaviour in all three cases. The significance of this result is discussed.|
|Copyright:||1994 OPA (Overseas Publishers Association) N.V.|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers (SCM)|
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