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Physics of Liquid Crystals

  • Yuka Tabe
  • Kenji Urayama
  • Akihiko Matsuyama
  • Jun Yamamoto
  • Makoto Yoneya
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Abstract

Over the 100 years since its discovery, liquid crystals have been the intriguing subject for both academia and industries. The textbook of de Gennes The Physics of Liquid Crystals published in 1974 is still the bible for many LC researchers, but new subjects unmentioned in the book have also risen for these years. This chapter describes the story of the recent developments and the future perspectives in physics of liquid crystals, especially focusing on the contributions by Japanese research groups for the last decade.

Keywords

Liquid Crystal Nematic Phase Liquid Crystal Molecule Volume Phase Transition Dynamic Heterogeneity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuka Tabe
    • 1
  • Kenji Urayama
    • 2
  • Akihiko Matsuyama
    • 3
  • Jun Yamamoto
    • 4
  • Makoto Yoneya
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Science and EngineeringWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Kyoto Institute of TechnologyKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Kyusyu Institute of TechnologyFukuokaJapan
  4. 4.Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  5. 5.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)TsukubaJapan

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