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An overview of the following three aspects of the acoustical and related optical behavior of liquid crystals, namely i) ultrasonic studies, ii) acousto-optical effects, and iii) surface wave induced optical effects have been discussed. The temperature dependent ultrasound velocity has been used for the evaluation of the adiabatic compressibility ( S) and the acoustic impedance (Z). A correlation between thermodynamic functions and thermo-elastic properties facilitated the evaluation of the specific heat at constant volume (CV), the ratio of specific heats ( ) and the isothermal compressibility ( T) across liquid crystal-isotropic phase transition. Acousto-optical effect in liquid crystals has been described in terms of molecular reorientation related to flows and turbulences due to acoustic vibration and radiation pressure in the medium. One important aspect of the acousto-optical effects is the surface wave induced optical effects. The change in transparency of a normal layer of liquid crystal under crossed polarizers are discussed which is interpreted as a consequence of the rotation of the optic axis. In addition, the acoustic emission occurring from homeotropically-aligned liquid crystals irradiated by surface acoustic waves are also discussed.
Keywords: Acousto-Optic Effects, Adiabatic and Isothermal Compressibility, Specific Heat at Constant Volume, Surface Acoustic Waves, Acoustic Emission