MILLS, S. J. and CLEAVER, D. J. (2000). Gibbs ensemble simulation of nematic-isotropic coexistence in a liquid crystal mixture. Molecular Physics, 98 (18), 1379-1389.Full text not available from this repository.
The results are presented of Gibbs ensemble Monte Carlo (GEMC) simulations examining the nematic-isotropic (N-I) coexistence envelope of a liquid crystal mixture. The system studied is a 50: 50 mixture of 1000 generalized Gay-Berne particles with axial ratios 2.0:1 and 2.5:1. For this system, stable N-I coexistence is observed over run lengths in excess of 5 x 10(5) GEMC sweeps. There is unambiguous evidence of fractionation, the mole fractions of long particles in the coexisting phases typically differing by 11%. The measured coexistence envelope does not conform to the lens shape predicted by Onsager theory; qualitative finite size arguments are given in explanation of this distortion.
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Polymers Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre > Materials and Fluid Flow Modelling Group|
|Depositing User:||Hilary Ridgway|
|Date Deposited:||09 Apr 2010 15:53|
|Last Modified:||29 Sep 2010 10:55|
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