Defect-induced melting in nematic liquid crystals

Mottram, N.J. and Sluckin, T.J. (2000) Defect-induced melting in nematic liquid crystals. Liquid Crystals, 27(10), pp. 1301-1304. (doi: 10.1080/026782900423340)

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In this paper we employ a relatively simple theory to show how a nematic disclination line can act as a nucleation site for the growth of the isotropic phase. With this theory we are able to find analytical expressions for the critical temperature of nucleation and the behaviour of the core radius as a function of temperature. We are then able to compare these results with a previous numerical model of this effect.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mottram, Professor Nigel
Authors: Mottram, N.J., and Sluckin, T.J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
Journal Name:Liquid Crystals
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1366-5855
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