A field-induced ferrielectric liquid crystal phase

S. Jaradat, P.D. Brimicombe, Mikhail Osipov, R. Pindak, H.F. Gleeson

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Understanding the structures and stability conditions of emerging liquid crystal (LC) phases brings us a step closer to the crucial understanding of delicate self-assembling nanoscale systems and the consequential impact on their macroscopic properties. We report experimental evidence and a theoretical model for a ferrielectric LC phase which has a three-layer repeat structure and is field-induced but exhibits a symmetry and electro-optical properties that are distinct from those of the known ferrielectric (SmC�∗FI1) phase. This discovery has implications for the ways in which LC phases are identified, and offers the potential for better control of ferroelectric LC devices.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
Early online date24 Jan 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • dielectric liquids
  • electro-optical effects
  • liquid crystals
  • liquid crystal phase transformations


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