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Molecular chirality leads to a wonderful variety of equilibrium structures, from the simple cholesteric phase to the twist-grain-boundary phases, and it is responsible for interesting and technologically important materials like ferroelectric liquid crystals. This paper will review some recent advances in our understanding of the connection between the chiral geometry of individual molecules and the important phenomenological parameters that determine macroscopic chiral structure. It will then consider chiral structure in columnar systems and propose a new equilibrium phase consisting of a regular lattice of twisted ropes.
The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Ferroelectrics, 1998, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00150199808217346.
Lubensky, T. C., Harris, A., Kamien, R. D., & Yan, G. (1998). Chirality in Liquid Crystals: From Microscopic Origins to Macroscopic Structure. Ferroelectrics, 212 (1), 1-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00150199808217346
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