1 September 2004 Investigation of relaxation processes in MHPB(H)PBC antiferroelectric liquid crystal by dielectric spectroscopy
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Proceedings Volume 5565, XV Conference on Liquid Crystals; (2004) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.581073
Event: XV Conference on Liquid Crystals, 2003, Zakopane, Poland
Abstract
The molecular dynamics of a recently synthesized chiral antiferroelectric liquid crystal (S)-(+)-4-(1-methylheptyloxycarbonyl)phenyl-4'-(3-butanoiloxyprop-1-oxy)biphenyl-4'-carboxylate (in short MHPB(H)PBC) exhibiting SmA* and SmCA* phases have been studied in the frequency range of 1 Hz to 10 MHz. In the SmA* phase only one doubly degenerate soft mode relaxation exists which becomes critical at transition temperature and its splits into two modes in SmCA* phase, one at high frequency about 500 kHz, the other at low frequency about 40 kHz. Relaxation frequencies of both modes decrease slowly with decrease in temperature. These two observed modes are due to the anti-phase and in-phase azimuthal angle fluctuations of the molecules in the anti-tilt pairs. The temperature dependence of the dielectric strengths and relaxation frequencies, determined by Cole-Cole plot clearly reveals that SmA* to SmCA* transition is weakly first order.
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M. B. Pandey, M. B. Pandey, Roman Dabrowski, Roman Dabrowski, V. K. Agrawal, V. K. Agrawal, R. Dhar, R. Dhar, "Investigation of relaxation processes in MHPB(H)PBC antiferroelectric liquid crystal by dielectric spectroscopy", Proc. SPIE 5565, XV Conference on Liquid Crystals, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.581073; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.581073
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