Theory of bent-core liquid-crystal phases and phase transitions.

@article{Lubensky2002TheoryOB,
  title={Theory of bent-core liquid-crystal phases and phase transitions.},
  author={Tom C. Lubensky and Leo Radzihovsky},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2002},
  volume={66 3 Pt 1},
  pages={
          031704
        }
}
We study phases and phase transitions that can take place in the recently discovered bow-shaped or bent-core liquid-crystal molecules. We show that to completely characterize phases exhibited by such bent-core molecules a third-rank tensor T(ijk) order parameter is necessary in addition to the vector and the nematic (second-rank) tensor order parameters. We present an exhaustive list of possible liquid phases, characterizing them by their space-symmetry group and order parameters, and catalog… CONTINUE READING

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