We investigate theoretically, with the aid of numerical calculations based on a Landau-de Gennes theory, how two cubic cholesteric blue phases of a chiral liquid crystal, BP I and BP II, are stabilized when a guest component, such as a polymer network, is introduced and replace energetically costly defect regions. We show that the temperature range of stable BP I is significantly widened by the guest component, while the stability of BP II is only modestly enhanced.
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 10 2012|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics