Phenomenological theory of the formation of cubic phases in complex fluids
Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences d'Amiens 33 rue St. Leu, 80039
Amiens Cedex, France
Accepted: 15 February 1999
A unifying phenomenological model is proposed, which describes the cubic meso phases found in complex fluid systems. The order-parameter symmetries associated with the formation mechanism of the mesophases are determined. The different configurations associated with the same cubic symmetry are described in the case of the gyroïd phase.
PACS: 64.70.-p – Specific phase transitions / 02.20.-a – Group theory
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