Liquid Crystal Elastomers

Paperback | May 5, 2007

byMark Warner, Eugene Michael Terentjev

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Liquid crystals are fluids with a directionality defined. Polymers are long molecules with a shape that can be changed. As a network, polymers form rubber - a soft solid that is locally liquid-like and capable of huge extension. Liquid crystal elastomers are a combination of all these curiousaspects, but with additional, revolutionary new phenomena - for example, spontaneous shape changes of several hundred percent induced by temperature change, with equally large opto-mechanical responses, shape change without energy cost ("soft elasticity"), colour change with strain, lasing andphotonics, sensitivity to molecular handedness and soft solid ferroelectricity. This book is a primer for liquid crystals, polymers, rubber, and elasticity. It then describes the theory and experiment of these remarkable materials for the first time as a monograph. Worked examples are solved so thatthe reader can become proficient in the field himself. The book is directed at physicists, chemists, material scientists, engineers and applied mathematicians at the graduate student level and beyond

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Liquid crystals are fluids with a directionality defined. Polymers are long molecules with a shape that can be changed. As a network, polymers form rubber - a soft solid that is locally liquid-like and capable of huge extension. Liquid crystal elastomers are a combination of all these curiousaspects, but with additional, revolutionary ...

Mark Warner and Eugene Michael Terentjev are Professors at Cavendish Laboratoy at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:May 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214867

ISBN - 13:9780199214860

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Table of Contents

1. A bird's eye view of liquid crystal elastomers2. Liquid crystals3. Polymers, elastomers and rubber elasticity4. Classical elasticity5. Nematic elastomers6. Nematic rubber elasticity7. Soft elasticity8. Distortions of nematic elastomers9. Cholesteric elastomers10. Continuum theory of nematic elastomers11. Dynamics of liquid crystal elastomers12. Smectic elastomersA. Nematic order in elastomers under strainB. Biaxial soft elasticityC. Stripe microstructureD. Couple-stress and Cosserat elasticityE. Expansion at small deformations and rotations

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"... this book is likely to become a classic: read it, learn from it, and let it inspire you." --Europhysicsnews