Geometrical aspects of the frustration in the cubic phases of lyotropic liquid crystals.

@article{Anderson1988GeometricalAO,
  title={Geometrical aspects of the frustration in the cubic phases of lyotropic liquid crystals.},
  author={Daniel M. Anderson and Sol M Gruner and Stanislas Leibler},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1988},
  volume={85 15},
  pages={5364-8}
}
Bicontinuous cubic phases, composed of bilayers arranged in the geometries of periodic minimal surfaces, are found in a variety of different lipid/water systems. It has been suggested recently that these cubic structures arrive as the result of competition between two free-energy terms: the curvature energy of each monolayer and the stretching energy of the lipid chains. This scenario, closely analogous to the one that explains the origin of the hexagonal phases, is investigated here by means… CONTINUE READING

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