Simulating polymer liquid crystals
A model suitable for simulating lyotropic polymer liquid crystals (PLCs) is described. By varying the persistence length between infinity and 25, the effect of increasing flexibility on the nematic-smectic transition of a PLC with a length-to-width ratio L/D= 6 is investigated. It is found that increasing flexibility shifts the formation of a smectic phase to higher densities. Comparison is made with a recent theory of the nematic-smectic transition of slightly flexible rods.
|Journal||J. Phys.: Condens. Matter|
Bladon, P. B, & Frenkel, D. (1996). Simulating polymer liquid crystals. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 8, 9445–9449.