Biaxial nematics, which were first predicted in 1970 by Marvin Freiser, have their molecules differentially oriented along two axes
It is relevant to students and researchers as well as to industry professionals working in soft matter, liquid crystals, liquid crystal devices and their applications throughout materials science, chemistry, physics, mathematics and display engineering.
It opens with a general introduction to the biaxial nematic phase and covers Order parameters and distribution functions Molecular field theory Theories for hard biaxial particles Computer simulation of biaxial nematics Alignment of the phase Display applications Characterisation and identification Lyotropic, thermotropic and colloidal systems together with material design With a consistent, coherent and pedagogical approach, this book brings together theory, simulations and experimental studies it includes contributions from some of the leading figures in the field
They have the potential to create displays with fast switching times and may have applications in thin-film displays and other liquid crystal technologies
This book is the first to be concerned solely with biaxial nematic liquid crystals, both lyotropic and thermotropic, formed by low molar mass as well as polymeric systems