Phase separation kinetics of nematic polymers: Coupling between compositional order and orientational order

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Abstract

We numerically investigate phase separation kinetics of liquid crystalline polymers in a nematic state using time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations for the compositional and the orientational order parameters [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented] The kinetics is significantly influenced by (i) the presence of the off-diagonal kinetic coefficient [Formula Presented] (ii) the coupling between [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented] in the free energy, and (iii) the dependence of the kinetic coefficients on the orientational order.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R6939-R6942
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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