Interaction between spherical particles in a deformed liquid crystal

Jun Ichi Fukuda, Keiko M. Aoki, Bohdan I. Lev, Hiroshi Yokoyama

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We study how the initial deformation of a nematic liquid crystal affects the interaction between particles mediated by the elastic deformation of a nematic liquid crystal. We calculate the interaction energy between particles in a hybrid nematic cell, homeotropic on the surface of one confining plate and tangential (director can rotate freely) on the other. We find an analytic form of the interaction energy in the case of weak anchoring on the surface of the particle. This interaction energy can be non-monotonic and have a minimum in its landscape, which makes a clear contrast to that in a uniform nematic liquid crystal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211/[2347]-220/[2356]
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 19th International Liquid Crystal Conference, ILCC2002 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 30 2002Jul 5 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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