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Ferroelectric order in model discotic nematic liquid crystals

TitleFerroelectric order in model discotic nematic liquid crystals
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsAyton, G, Patey, GN
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume76
Pagination239-242
Date PublishedJan
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0031-9007
KeywordsCOMPUTER-SIMULATION, ELECTROSTATIC SYSTEMS, MONTE-CARLO, orientational order, PERIODIC BOUNDARY-CONDITIONS, PHASE
Abstract

Monte Carlo calculations are used to examine orientational order in fluids of disk-shape particles with embedded dipoles. The dipoles are distributed over a circular ’’patch’’ of finite size. It is shown that such systems may undergo spontaneous polarization to form a stable ferroelectric discotic nematic phase.

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