Wetting of a spherical particle by a nematic liquid crystal

Jun Ichi Fukuda, Holger Stark, Hiroshi Yokoyama

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Abstract

The phenomena of wetting of a spherical particle by a nematic liquid crystal was studied. The investigation is based on Landau-de Gennes free energy formulated in terms of second-rank nematic order parameter. It was observed that the prewetting line ends at a critical point. It was found that the splay deformations around the particle significantly influence nematic wetting of curved surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number021714
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume69
Issue number2 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Wetting of a spherical particle by a nematic liquid crystal. / Fukuda, Jun Ichi; Stark, Holger; Yokoyama, Hiroshi.

In: Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, Vol. 69, No. 2 1, 021714, 01.02.2004.

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