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Liquid Crystal Elastomers by Mark Warner, Eugene Michael Terentjev


Liquid Crystal Elastomers by Mark Warner, Eugene Michael Terentjev

Liquid crystals are fluids with a directionality defined. Polymers are long molecules with a shape that can be changed. As a network, polymers form rubber - a soft solid that is locally liquid-like and capable of huge extension. Liquid crystal elastomers are a combination of all these curious aspects, but with additional, revolutionary new phenomena - for example, spontaneous shape changes of several hundred percent induced by temperature change, with equally large opto-mechanical responses, shape change without energy cost ( soft elasticity ), colour change with strain, lasing and photonics, sensitivity to molecular handedness and soft solid ferroelectricity. This book is a primer for liquid crystals, polymers, rubber, and elasticity. It then describes the theory and experiment of these remarkable materials for the first time as a monograph. Worked examples are solved so that the reader can become proficient in the field himself. The book is directed at physicists, chemists, material scientists, engineers and applied mathematicians at the graduate student level and beyond


In short, this book is likely to become a classic: read it, learn from it, and let it inspire you. * Euro Pysics News *

About the Author

Professor Mark Warner Cavendish Laboratory University of Cambridge Professor Eugene Michael Terentjev Sector of Biological & Soft Systems Cavendish Laboratory University of Cambridge

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Publication date

5th April 2007


Mark Warner, Eugene Michael Terentjev

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Oxford University Press


432 pages


Condensed matter physics (liquid state & solid state physics)
Polymer chemistry
Mechanics of solids
Applied mathematics



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