Flow induced by director relaxation in smectic C* materials

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Numerical results are presented for the relaxation of a ferroelectric smectic C* liquid crystal cell after the removal of an electric field. For two initial director profiles, the equilibrium states for high and low DC applied field strengths, the director relaxation to the zero field equilibrium state is seen to induce flow of the liquid crystal which incorporates backflow and kickback effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • smectic C*
  • relaxation
  • backflow
  • kickback


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