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[In this thesis a lyotropic analog of the thermotropic chiral smectic C (SmC*) phase is presented for the first time. So far, only very scarce examples of the achiral variant of this phase have been known in lyotropic liquid crystals and no comprehensive studies have been performed on them.]
[Thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals share a common state of matter with many analogies in their structural and physical properties. However, these two fields of liquid crystalline research are usually treated completely separately.]
[In this chapter, the structural properties of thermotropic and lyotropic liquid will be compared. In a first step, the driving forces for the formation of the mesophases, as well as the building blocks of the two types of liquid crystals will be analyzed.]
[In this chapter the materials as well as the preparation of samples for further investigations will be described. Additionally, experimental techniques for all applied methods will be explained in detail.]
[The experimental results of the present thesis will be presented and discussed in the following chapter. The main focus will be upon the detection and characterization of the novel lyotropic SmC* analog phase, even though a variety of other phases occurs in the investigated solvent/surfactant...
[The subject of this thesis is the discovery and characterization of the lyotropic analog of the well-known thermotropic ferroelectric SmC* liquid crystal phase. In addition to providing evidence for the existence of this previously unknown phase, the main focus of the work presented is on the...
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