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Confined polymer nematics: order and packing in a nematic drop

  title={Confined polymer nematics: order and packing in a nematic drop},
  author={Daniel Svenvsek and Gregor Veble and R. Podgornik},
  journal={arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter},
We investigate the tight packing of nematic polymers inside a confining hard sphere. We model the polymer {\sl via} the continuum Frank elastic free energy augmented by a simple density dependent part as well as by taking proper care of the connectivity of the polymer chains when compared with simple nematics. The free energy {\sl ansatz} is capable of describing an orientational ordering transition within the sample between an isotropic polymer solution and a polymer nematic phase. We solve… 
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