Using particle shape to induce tilted and bistable liquid crystal anchoring

BARMES, F. and CLEAVER, D. J. (2005). Using particle shape to induce tilted and bistable liquid crystal anchoring. Physical Review E (PRE), 71 (2), 021705.


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We use Monte Carlo simulations of hard Gaussian overlap (HGO) particles symmetrically confined in slab geometry to investigate the role of particle-substrate interactions on liquid crystalline anchoring. Despite the restriction here to purely steric interactions and smooth substrates, a range of behaviours are captured, including tilted anchoring and homeotropic-planar bistability. These macroscopic behaviours are all achieved through appropriate tuning of the microscopics of the HGO-substrate interaction, based upon non-additive descriptions for the HGO-substrate shape parameter.

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Additional Information: ©2005 The American Physical Society
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Modelling Research Centre > Materials Modelling group
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Page Range: 021705
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 05:03

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