Publication Title

Physical Review Letters

Publication Date

12-1-1997

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevLett.79.4401

Keywords

liquid-crystals, computer-simulations, droplets, phase, transition, lattice, model

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

Monte Carlo (MC) simulations based exclusively on nearest-neighbor intermolecular interactions reveal the existence of stable long-range deformations and topological defects in a thin nematic film confined between two surfaces with antagonistic (normal and tangential) molecular orientations. Thus the MC technique allows one to describe a delicate balance of bulk elasticity and surface energy usually treated only with macroscopic theories.

Comments

Copyright 1997 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.79.4401


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