A First-Order Transition of the Smectic A-Smectic C* in Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals


FERROELECTRICS, vol.427, pp.137-142, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 427
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00150193.2012.675830
  • Title of Journal : FERROELECTRICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.137-142


The static dielectric constant is calculated as a function of temperature using a mean field model close to the smectic A-smectic C* transition for the ferroelectric liquid crystal 4-(3-methyl-2-chlorobutanoyloxy)-4'-heptyloxybiphenyl (A7). This calculation of the dielectric constant is performed for the pure optically active compound (T-c = 73.4 degrees C) and the temperature range is determined for a first-order smectic A-smectic C* transition from the mean field model. Our predicted values describe adequately the observed behaviour of the dielectric constant close to the smectic A-smectic C* transition and also the temperature range in the smectic A phase of A7.