Atomistic simulations of a thermotropic biaxial liquid crystal.

  title={Atomistic simulations of a thermotropic biaxial liquid crystal.},
  author={Jorge D{\'i}ez Pel{\'a}ez and Mark R. Wilson},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={97 26},
We have performed molecular dynamics simulations of a 2,5-bis-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole mesogen (ODBP-Ph-C(7)) at a fully atomistic level for a range of temperatures within the region that has experimentally been assigned to a biaxial nematic phase. Analysis of the data shows that the simulated nematic phase is biaxial but that the degree of biaxiality is small. The simulations show also the formation of ferroelectric domains in the nematic where the molecular short axis is aligned… CONTINUE READING

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