By M. Warner
Liquid crystals are fluids with directionality outlined. Polymers are lengthy molecules with a form that may be replaced. As a community, polymers shape rubber-a tender sturdy that's in the neighborhood liquid-like and in a position to large extension. Liquid crystal elastomers region blend of most of these curious features, yet with extra, innovative new phenomena-for instance, spontaneous form alterations of a number of hundred percentage brought about by means of temperature switch, with both huge opto-mechanical responses, form switch with no power price (Soft elasticity), colour swap with pressure, lasing and photonics, sensitivity to molecular handedness and tender sturdy ferroelectricity. This booklet is a primer for liquid crystals, polymers, rubber and elasticity. It then describes the idea and test of those impressive fabrics for the 1st time as a monograph. labored examples are solved in order that the reader can develop into expert within the box himself. The e-book is directed at physicists, chemists, fabric scientists, engineers and utilized mathematicians on the graduate point and past.
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