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Modeling and simulation of switchings in ferroelectric liquid crystals
Mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of
smectic C liquid
crystals which possess the spontaneous polarization are considered
in this paper. In particular,
the model allows for a system with a zero net polarization which is
one of the ubiquitous systems of the polarized liquid crystals.
Theoretical and numerical investigations are conducted to study
effects of the energy associated with the polarization,
switching patterns between two uniform states by an externally
applied field and random noise, as well as
between polarization and applied field near the phase transition
from the smectic A and smectic C.