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Bifurcation analysis and computer simulation for biaxial liquid crystals

De Matteis, G. (2005) Bifurcation analysis and computer simulation for biaxial liquid crystals. Physical review. E, Statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics, 72 (4). ISSN 1063-651X

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Abstract

We extend the analysis of a mean-field model for biaxial liquid crystals recently proposed by Sonnet et al. [Phys. Rev. E 67, 061701 (2003)]. In particular, we perform a bifurcation analysis of the equilibrium equations and derive the complete phase diagram. We show that two order parameters suffice to label all equilibrium phases, though they exhibit different bifurcation patterns. A Monte Carlo simulation study is performed as well, confirming qualitatively the predictions of this analysis.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2226
Keywords: bifurcation analysis, liquid crystals, physics, chemistry, computer simulation, Physics, Physics and Astronomy(all), Mathematical Physics, Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
Subjects: Science > Physics
Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2006
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 13:32
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2226

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