View research View latest news Sign up for updates. A novel mesoscopic simulation model is proposed to study the liquid crystal phase behavior of the anisotropic rodlike particles with a soft repulsive interaction, which possesses a modified anisotropic conservative force type used in dissipative particle dynamics.
The influences of the repulsion strength and the particle shape on the phase behavior of soft rodlike particles are examined. In the simulations, we observe the formation of the nematic phase and smectic-A phase from the initially isotropic phase. Moreover, we find that shorter soft rodlike particles with anisotropic repulsive interactions can form a stable smectic-B phase.
Our results demonstrate that the soft anisotropic purely-repulsive potential between the rodlike particles can reflect the interaction nature between soft rodlike particles in a simple way and is sufficient to produce a range of ordered LC-like mesophases. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve. Goodby JW. Optical activity and ferroelectricity in liquid crystals.
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