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The Physics of Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
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The Physics of Lyotropic Liquid Crystals: Phase Transitions and Structural Properties

Antônio M. Figueiredo Neto and Silvio R. A. Salinas


Mixtures of surfactant or amphiphilic molecules and solvents are known to display a large number of lyotropic mesophases. Although the physics of thermotropic liquid crystals has been vastly discussed in the literature, lyotropic mesophases have been much less explored. This book gives a unifying presentation of the structural and physical properties of lyotropic liquid crystalline systems, including a set of experimental results and a discussion of the characterization of different structures and the corresponding phase transitions. The initial chapters contain a description of the main exper ... More

Keywords: liquid crystals, lyotropic liquid crystals, lyotropic mesophases, lyotropic mixtures, cholesteric structures, phase diagrams, phase transitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antônio M. Figueiredo Neto, author
Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Silvio R. A. Salinas, author
Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil