Monte Carlo simulations of orientational ordering of ...
|Title||Monte Carlo simulations of orientational ordering of solutes in a nematic solvent: comparison with mean-field models|
|Author(s)||James M. Polson, E. E. Burnell|
|Abstract||Monte Carlo simulations were used to study orientational ordering of solutes in a nematic phase. Nematogens were modelled as hard prolate ellipsoids with an axis ratio of 5:1. Solutes were also modelled as hard prolate ellipsoids, with a variety of sizes and shape anisotropies. Solute order parameters and singlet orientational distribution functions were analysed using several mean-field models. The results confirm that these empirical mean-field potentials are closely linked to the anisotropic short-range repulsive forces that are crucial for the formation of the nematic phase.|
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