Distortions induced by a magnetic field in planar aligned samples of smectic C liquid crystals

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This paper presents some preliminary theoretical results for the onset of the Helfrich-Hurault transition in smectic-C liquid crystals induced by a magnetic field applied parallel to the smectic layers. An energy in terms of the smectic layer displacement u is minimized via averaging to enable the calculation of a critical field strength Hc for the onset of layer distortions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001
EventInternational Liquid Crystal Conference 18 - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 24 Jul 200028 Jul 2000


ConferenceInternational Liquid Crystal Conference 18
CitySendai, Japan


  • smectic C
  • layer distortions
  • Helfrich-Hurault instability
  • liquid crystals

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