Polydispersity stabilizes biaxial nematic liquid crystals.


Inspired by the observations of a remarkably stable biaxial nematic phase [van den Pol et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 258301 (2009)], we investigate the effect of size polydispersity on the phase behavior of a suspension of boardlike particles. By means of Onsager theory within the restricted orientation (Zwanzig) model we show that polydispersity induces a… (More)


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@article{Belli2011PolydispersitySB, title={Polydispersity stabilizes biaxial nematic liquid crystals.}, author={Simone Belli and Alessandro Patti and Marjolein Dijkstra and Ren{\'e} van Roij}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2011}, volume={107 14}, pages={148303} }