Soft Matter Physics: An Introduction

  title={Soft Matter Physics: An Introduction},
  author={Maurice Kleman and Oleg D. Lavrentovich and Jacques Friedel},
CHAPTER 1 Condensed Matter: General Characters, The Chemical Bond, Particle Interactions. / CHAPTER 2 Atomic and Molecular Arrangements. / CHAPTER 3 The Order Parameter: Amplitude and Phase. / CHAPTER 4 Phase Transitions. / CHAPTER 5 Elasticity of Mesomorphic Phases. / CHAPTER 6 Dynamics of Isotropic and Anisotropic Fluids. / CHAPTER 7 Fractals and Growth Phenomena. / CHAPTER 8 Dislocations in Solids. Plastic Relaxation. / CHAPTER 9 Dislocations in Smectic and Columnar Phases. / CHAPTER 10… 

Experimental soft-matter science

Soft condensed matter refers to materials where the constituent building blocks are larger than atoms but smaller than the system itself. The large size of the constituent particles makes these soft

Coupled ordering in soft matter: competition of mesoscales and dynamics of coupled fluctuations

Coupling between order parameters is ubiquitous in soft matter. Such a coupling produces a variety of complex phases with unique properties that can be used in new emerging technologies. As examples,

The Impact of Colloidal Surface-Anchoring on the Smectic A Phase.

Monte Carlo simulations are performed to investigate the perturbations of orientational and positional order in a smectic A phase caused by a spherical colloid and model the host phase via an interaction potential that reproduces characteristic features of phase behavior, structure, dynamics, and elasticity.

Defect kinetics and dynamics of pattern coarsening in a two-dimensional smectic-A system

Two-dimensional simulations of the coarsening process of the isotropic/smectic-A phase transition are presented using a high-order Landau–de Gennes-type free energy model. Defect annihilation laws

Topological defects in active liquid crystals

A wide class of nonequilibrium systems comprising interacting self-propelled agents is termed active matter. The most relevant examples include suspensions of microscopic swimming organisms

Defects and Undulation in Layered Liquid Crystals

Many systems, such as lamellar liquid crystals, block copolymers, ferrofluids and ferromagnets posses a one-dimensional periodic order. Cholesteric liquid crystals with large periodicity (say, 10

Topological defects around a spherical nanoparticle in nematic liquid crystal: coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations.

The study demonstrates the potential of coarse-grained simulation methods for studying defects in liquid crystals by simulating the simulation of defects in a nematic liquid crystal around a colloidal particle.

Top-down modeling of hierachically structured soft matter: liquid crystalline mesophases of polymeric semiconductors

This thesis addresses the development of generic, particle-based models for hierarchically structured polymeric soft matter, in which the macroscopic structure is linked to microscopic, molecular

Topological Point Defects of Liquid Crystals in Quasi-Two-Dimensional Geometries

We review the interactions and dynamics of topological defects in liquid crystals (LCs) in quasi-two-dimensional (2D) geometries. Such spatial restrictions can be realized in thin freely suspended