Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, Vol.410, 633-643, 2004
Modeling electrooptical effects in ferroelectric liquid crystals. 2. V-shape switching in the SmC* phase
The thresholdless, hysteresis-free V-shape electrooptical switching in surface stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) cells has been modeled and the results compared with experimental data. High frequency V-shape switching (at f > 100 Hz) was experimentally demonstrated and simulated numerically. The key role of the capacitance C of FLC aligning layers has been underlined: thin layers with large C promote the well known bistability effect, thick layers, on the contrary, are necessary for V-shape switching. The results of modeling are in quantitative agreement with experiment.