Isotropic-to-nematic transition in confined liquid crystals: an essentially nonuniversal phenomenon.

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Computer simulations are presented of the isotropic-to-nematic transition in a liquid crystal confined between two parallel plates a distance H apart. The plates are neutral and do not impose any anchoring on the particles. Depending on the shape of the pair potential acting between the particles, we find that the transition either changes from first order… (More)

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