Tables for
Volume D
Physical properties of crystals
Edited by A. Authier

International Tables for Crystallography (2013). Vol. D, ch. 3.4, p. 485


V. Janoveca* and J. Přívratskáb

aInstitute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, CZ-18221 Prague 8, Czech Republic, and bDepartment of Mathematics and Didactics of Mathematics, Technical University of Liberec, Hálkova 6, 461 17 Liberec 1, Czech Republic
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Non-ferroelastic ferroelectric domains in triglycine sulfate (TGS) revealed by a liquid-crystal method. A thin layer of a nematic liquid crystal deposited on a crystal surface perpendicular to the spontaneous polarization is observed in a polarized-light microscope. Black and white areas correspond to ferroelectric domains with antiparallel spontaneous polarization. The typical size of the domains is of order of 1–10µm. Courtesy of M. Połomska, Institute of Molecular Physics, PAN, Poznań. Although one preferential direction of domain walls prevails, the rounded shapes of the domains indicate that all orientations of non-ferroelastic walls are possible.