Periodic layer slipping in a sheared smectic a cell

Mottram, N.J. , Sluckin, T.J., Elston, S.J. and Towler, M.J. (2000) Periodic layer slipping in a sheared smectic a cell. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 347, pp. 179-188. (doi: 10.1080/10587250008024839)

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In this paper we present a theoretical analysis of shear induced melting in smectic A liquid crystals. We have performed a detailed numerical analysis and find that for a range of parameter values a first order transition, from a supersheared state to a more relaxed state, is periodically encountered as the total shear is increased. This first order transition involves the melting and reformation of the smectic layers. In this paper we present a summary of this analysis while a more detailed analysis, including analytic expressions for certain critical quantities, is presented elsewhere.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mottram, Professor Nigel
Authors: Mottram, N.J., Sluckin, T.J., Elston, S.J., and Towler, M.J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
Journal Name:Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1563-5287
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