Publication Title

Physical Review E

Publication Date

10-9-2008

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevE.78.040702

Keywords

liquid-crystal, display, field

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

We study the dynamics of the isotropic-nematic phase transition caused by an applied electric field at the time scales of dielectric relaxation. In the classic Landau-Khalatnikov theory of the phase transition dynamics, the nematic (nonpolar) order parameter is an instantaneous function of the applied field. We demonstrate that, when the field is changing faster than the time of dielectric relaxation, the induced polar order dynamics influences the dynamics of the nonpolar order parameter. We develop a model based on the Langevin equation to describe the simultaneous dynamics of both polar and nonpolar order parameters; the model is supported by experiment.

Comments

Copyright 2008 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.78.040702.


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