Volume 112, Number 4, November 2015
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||10 December 2015|
On the isotropic-biaxial phase transition in nematic liquid crystals
Dipartimento di Matematica, Università degli Studi di Milano - via Saldini 50, I-20133 Milano, Italy
Received: 29 April 2015
Accepted: 17 November 2015
We apply a recently developed technique to determine adapted coordinates for the sixth degree Landau-de Gennes potential, in which the potential is specially simple, to analyze the possibility of a direct transition between the fully symmetric state and a biaxial phase in nematic liquid crystals. Our results confirm, with simpler computations, results by Allender and Longa.
PACS: 64.70.M- – Transitions in liquid crystals / 05.70.Fh – Phase transitions: general studies / 05.45.-a – Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
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