Orientational dynamics in nematic liquid crystals: A coarse-grained simulation study

Anja Humpert, Andrew Masters, Michael P. Allen

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    Abstract

    We examine the behaviour of single-particle orientational time correlation functions in nematic liquid crystals. As well as the expected dynamics involving oscillation in a mean-field potential, and occasional jumps between orientations parallel and antiparallel to the director, we provide the first simulation evidence of long-time tails characteristic of coupling to director fluctuations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1723-1732
    Number of pages10
    JournalThe European Physical Journal. Special Topics
    Volume225
    Issue number8
    Early online date18 Jul 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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