V . S . S . Sastry

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Wang and Landau proposed recently, a simple and flexible non-Boltzmann Monte Carlo method for estimating the density of states, from which the macroscopic properties of a closed system can be calculated. They demonstrated their algorithm by considering systems with discrete energy spectrum. We find that the Wang-Landau algorithm does not perform well when(More)
Proton magnetic relaxation dispersion investigations with aqueous solutions of lysozyme and bovine serum albumin (BSA) in the 0-5 M range of guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl), pH 4.4, 27 degrees C, were taken up with the objective of examining the hydration dynamics of internal cavity waters as the protein is held under increasingly destabilizing conditions.(More)
In contrast to widely accepted view that pressure-induced amorphization arises due to kinetic hindrance of equilibrium phase transitions, here we provide evidence that the metastable pressure-amorphized state in zirconium tungstate is a precursor to decomposition of the compound into a mixture of simple oxides. This is from the volume collapse V across(More)
Spin-lattice relaxation rates (R(1H) and R(1F)) of two nuclear species ((1)H and (19)F) are measured at different temperatures in the isotropic phase of a liquid crystal (4(')-butoxy-3(')-fluoro-4-isothiocyanatotolane-4OFTOL), over a wide range of Larmor frequency (10 kHz-50 MHz). Their dispersion profiles are found to be qualitatively very different, and(More)
Lattice-based Monte Carlo simulations are performed to study a confined liquid crystal system with a topological disclination line entangling a colloidal nanoparticle. In our microscopic study the disclination line is stretched by moving the colloid, as in laser tweezing experiments, which results in a restoring force attempting to minimize the disclination(More)
We report simultaneous measurements of shear viscosity (η) and dielectric constant (ε) of octyloxy cyanobiphenyl (8OCB) in the nematic (N) and smectic-A (SmA) phases as functions of temperature and electric field. With increasing electric field η increases in the N phase whereas it decreases in the SmA phase and saturates beyond a particular field in both(More)
We investigate the phase sequence of biaxial liquid crystals, based on a general quadratic model Hamiltonian over the relevant parameter space, with a Monte Carlo simulation which constructs equilibrium ensembles of microstates, overcoming possible (free) energy barriers (combining entropic and frontier sampling techniques). The resulting phase diagram(More)
Investigations of the phase diagram of biaxial liquid-crystal systems through analyses of general Hamiltonian models within the simplifications of mean-field theory (MFT), as well as by computer simulations based on microscopic models, are directed toward an appreciation of the role of the underlying molecular-level interactions to facilitate its(More)
We measured the splay (K11) and bend (K33) elastic constants in the nematic phase of a bent-core liquid crystal. In the vicinity of the nematic-isotropic transition temperature K33 is proportional to the square of the order parameter. In the nematic range K11 increases monotonically with decreasing temperature, whereas K33 is practically independent of(More)
Photoluminescence study using the 325 nm He-Cd excitation is reported for the Au nanoclusters embedded in SiO(2) matrix. Au clusters are grown by ion beam mixing with 100 KeV Ar(+) irradiation on Au [40 nm]/SiO(2) at various fluences and subsequent annealing at high temperature. The blue bands above approximately 3 eV match closely with reported values for(More)