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Chapter 3

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    On completion of this TLP you should:

    • Know the basic characteristics of liquid crystals, as well as the types of molecules capable of forming them.
    • Be aware of the different degrees of order that can be present in a liquid crystal.
    • Understand the various optical properties of liquid crystals, and how they are affected by factors such as molecular shape and defects within a sample.
    • Be aware of some of the technological applications of these materials.

    Familiarity with the Optical Microscopy TLP as well as the concept of refractive indices is recommended.

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