Effect of anchoring energy and elastic anisotropy on spherical inclusions in a nematic liquid crystal

Richard James, Junichi Fukuda

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This paper explores how pairs of spherical particles with homeotropic (normal) surface anchoring cluster when immersed in nematic liquid crystal. By means of the Landau-de Gennes continuum theory we calculate how the equilibrium separation of a particle pair depends on the anchoring energy at the particle surface and the elastic anisotropy of the liquid crystal. We find that, for modest to strong anchoring strengths, the particle separation depends linearly on the elastic anisotropy and the inverse of the anchoring strength. Thus, the anchoring strength can be estimated by measuring the particle-pair separation.

本文言語英語
論文番号010501
ジャーナルPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
88
1
DOI
出版ステータス出版済み - 7 8 2013
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 統計物理学および非線形物理学
  • 統計学および確率
  • 凝縮系物理学

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