Critical behaviour of the thermodynamic quantities for the thermotropic and ferroelectric liquid crystals close to the phase transitions

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2011
Kilit, Emel
The specific heat Cp has been showed at various temperatures in the literature, which shows a sharp increase labeled as the lambda-transition at the critical temperature. This transition has been observed previously among the phases of solid-nematic-isotropic liquid in p-azoxyanisole (PAA) and anisaldazine (AAD), and among the phases of solid-smectic-cholesteric-isotropic liquid in cholesteryl myristate (CM). In this thesis work, we analyze the experimental data for the temperature dependence of Cp and the thermal expansion alpha_p and also pressure dependence of alpha_p by a power-law formula. From the analysis of pressure dependence of alpha_p, we calculate the temperature dependencies of specific heat Cp and of the isothermal compressibility kappa_T for the phase transitions considered in PAA, AAD and CM. Our calculations for the temperature dependence of the p and kappa_T can be compared with the experimental data when available in the literature. Polarization, tilt angle and the dielectric constant have been reported in the literature at various temperatures close to the solid-smectic C*-smectic A-isotropic liquid transition in the ferroelectric liquid crystals of A7 and C7. The mean field model with the free energy expanded in terms of the order parameters (polarization and tilt angle) has been reported in the literature previously. In this thesis work, we apply the mean field model first time by fitting the expressions derived for the temperature dependence of the polarization, tilt angle and the dielectric constant to the experimental data for A7 and C7 from the literature. Since the mean field model studied here describes adequately the observed behaviour of A7 and C7, the expressions for the temperature dependence of the polarization, tilt angle and the dielectric constant which we derive, can also be applied to some other ferroelectric liquid crystals to explain their observed behaviour.

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E. Kilit, “Critical behaviour of the thermodynamic quantities for the thermotropic and ferroelectric liquid crystals close to the phase transitions,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2011.