Chapter 2. Polar Materials and Effects

  1. Prof. Sven T. Lagerwall

Published Online: 21 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527613588.ch2

Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals

Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals

How to Cite

Lagerwall, S. T. (1999) Polar Materials and Effects, in Ferroelectric and Antiferroelectric Liquid Crystals, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527613588.ch2

Author Information

  1. Physics Department, Chalmers University of Technology, S-41296 Göteborg, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 1999

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527298310

Online ISBN: 9783527613588



  • nonpolar;
  • molecule;
  • polarization;
  • optic;
  • crystals


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Polar and Nonpolar Dielectrics

  • The Nonpolarity of Liquid Crystals in General

  • Behavior of Dielectrics in Electric Fields: Classification of Polar Materials

  • Developments in the Understanding of Polar Effects

  • The van der Waals Attraction and Born's Mean Field Theory

  • Landau Preliminaries. The Concept of Order Parameter

  • The Simplest Descriptions of a Ferroelectric

  • Improper Ferroelectrics

  • The Piezoelectric Phase