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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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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
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2006
Last modified: 20 Oct 2015 11:42

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