Publication Title

Physical Review A

Publication Date

6-15-1981

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevA.24.1086

Disciplines

Physics

Abstract

The Landau-deGennes theory is used to study the isotropic-nematic phase transition of a semi-infinite system having a wall which induces local nematic order. Analytic solutions are obtained and it is found that (1) for sufficient surface order, the briefringence-induced optical phase shift diverges at the transition rather than at the supercooling limit, and (2) the regions of superheating and supercooling are severely restricted.

Comments

Copyright 1981 American Physical Society. Available on publisher's site at http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.24.1086.


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