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Defect induced melting in nematic liquid crystals

Defect induced melting in nematic liquid crystals
Defect induced melting in nematic liquid crystals
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.
1366-5855
1301-1304
Mottram, N.J.
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Sluckin, T.J.
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Mottram, N.J.
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Sluckin, T.J.
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Mottram, N.J. and Sluckin, T.J. (2000) Defect induced melting in nematic liquid crystals. Liquid Crystals, 27 (10), 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.

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Published date: 2000

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Local EPrints ID: 29576
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/29576
ISSN: 1366-5855
PURE UUID: c6891808-e05f-4ced-a26f-b2d0081fb4a8
ORCID for T.J. Sluckin: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9163-0061

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Date deposited: 19 Jul 2006
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 02:32

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Author: N.J. Mottram
Author: T.J. Sluckin ORCID iD

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