Interactions between particulate inclusions in a smectic-A liquid crystal

  title={Interactions between particulate inclusions in a smectic-A liquid crystal},
  author={Matthew S. Turner and Pierre Sens},
  journal={Physical Review E},
Departments of Physics and Materials, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106~Received 1 November 1996!We study theoretically the smectic mediated interactions between pointlike inclusions in a lamellar phase.The two-body interaction is derived and we discuss the virial expansion in the limits of weak and stronginteractions. The leading order finite density corrections to the interaction potential are calculated using a meanfield theory, which allows the… 

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