Colloidal nanoparticles trapped by liquid-crystal defect lines: a lattice Monte Carlo simulation.

Abstract

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)

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