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Title: Dielectric studies in the vicinity of the A-C* transition
Authors: Krishna Prasad, S.
Khened, S.M.
Raja, V.N.
Chandrasekhar, S.
Shivkumar, B.
Keywords: oldstone mode;
soft mode;
Landau coefficients;
effect of chain length
Issue Date: Jan-1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: Ferroelectrics, 1993, Vol.138, p37-49
Abstract: We have studied the soft mode and Goldstone mode relaxations in a ferroelectric liquid crystal compound (referred to as C6 for short) exhibiting a high value of spontaneous polarisation. The results show that the relaxation frequency fs as well as the dielectric strength b.Deltab.epsiS can be described by a simple power law, but gives non-mean field exponents. However, fitting done to the b.Deltab.epsis data using an expression given by the generalised mean field theory, not only yields the mean field susceptibility exponent b.gamma but also helps in determining the Landau coefficients a and C (where a is the electroclinic coefficient and C the polarisation-tilt coupling constant) as well as the soft mode viscosity. We also present the Goldstone mode viscosity and the relevant elastic torque data. Measurements on C7 and C8, the higher homologs of C6, bring out the effect of chain length on the relaxation parameters.
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ISSN: 0015-0193
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Copyright: 1993 Taylor & Francis Group
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