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Physical Review A
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Constant molecular rotation at the smectic-A to smectic-C* transition in ferroelectric liquid crystals

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Abstract

We present dielectric measurements extended over the frequency range from 106 to 109 Hz on a pure ferroelectric liquid crystal. In clear contrast to the generally attributed origin of the ferroelectricity in liquid crystals arising from a slowing down of the molecular rotation around the long molecular axis, we find by direct observation the corresponding dielectric relaxation unchanged at the smectic-A to smectic-C* transition. This result requires a new interpretation of a recently published degenerate four-wave-mixing experiment by Lalanne et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 3046 (1989)]. © 1990 The American Physical Society.

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01 Sep 1990

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Physical Review A

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