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.
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Issue number||2 1|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics