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Orientationally Ordered Soft Matter: The Diverse World of Liquid Crystals

Peter Palffy-Muhoray

Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University

Liquid crystals, characterized by orientational order, are ubiquitous. Their unique responsivity arises as a result of symmetry. This article gives a brief overview of their history, fundamental aspects, applications and prospects. An abridged version of this article is to appear in the Sept. 2007 issue of Physics Today.

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