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Colloidal interactions in nematic fluids

TitleColloidal interactions in nematic fluids
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSokolovska, TG, Sokolovskii, RO, Patey, GN
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume73
Pagination4
Date PublishedFeb
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1539-3755
KeywordsFORCES, PHASE, TOPOLOGICAL DEFECTS
Abstract

Microscopic theory is used to obtain effective interactions between colloidal particles in nematic fluids subjected to an external orienting field. It is shown that the field can dramatically change the effective intercolloidal interactions without altering the symmetry of the director configuration around a single particle. Our calculations suggest that a rich variety of colloidal structures can be promoted by varying the external field.

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