The Physics of Liquid Crystals by P. G. de GennesThe Physics of Liquid Crystals by P. G. de Gennes

The Physics of Liquid Crystals

byP. G. de Gennes, J. Prost

Paperback | December 1, 1993

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The first edition of this book has been an acknowledged classic since its publication in 1974. Its success and the great advances that have taken place in the ensuing years have made this new edition both welcome and necessary.New chapters describe the main types and properties of liquid crystals in terms of the new phases discovered since the middle of the 1970s, and advances in the understanding of local order and the nature of isotropic to nematic transition. There is an extensive discussion of the symmetry, andmacroscopic and dynamic properties of smectics and columnar phases, and their defects, illustrated with numerous descriptions of experimental arrangements. The final chapter is devoted to phase transitions in smectics, including the celebrated analogy between Smectic A and superconductors.Throughout the book there is an emphasis on order-of-magnitude considerations.Its topicality and breadth of coverage will ensure that The Physics of Liquid Crystals remains an indispensable guide for students and researchers alike.
P. G. de Gennes is at Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris.
Title:The Physics of Liquid CrystalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:616 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.3 inPublished:December 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198517858

ISBN - 13:9780198517856


Table of Contents

1. Liquid crystals: main types and properties2. Long- and short-range order in nematics3. Static distortion in a nematic single crystal4. Defects and textures in nematics5. Dynamic properties of nematics6. Cholesterics7. Macroscopic behaviour of smectics and columnar phases8. Dynamical properties of smectics and columnar phases9. Defects in smectics and columnar phases10. Phase transition in smectics

Editorial Reviews

"The first modern book to survey and discuss the physical properties of liquid crystals....presented in a clear and systematic way." --Nature
"A remarkable book that ought to be on the shelf of every liquid crystal physicist. It continues to be the best introductory book for a beginning graduate student as well as a very valuable reference source for experts in the field."--Physics Today