# Tricritical behavior of soft nematic elastomers.

@article{Liarte2013TricriticalBO, title={Tricritical behavior of soft nematic elastomers.}, author={Danilo B. Liarte}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2013}, volume={88 6}, pages={ 062144 } }

We propose a lattice statistical model to investigate the phase diagrams and the soft responses of nematic liquid-crystal elastomers. Using suitably scaled infinite-range interactions, we obtain exact self-consistent equations for the tensor components of the nematic order parameter in terms of temperature, the distortion and stress tensors, and the initial nematic order. These equations are amenable to simple numerical calculations, which are used to characterize the low-temperature soft…

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Uniaxial and biaxial structures in the elastic Maier-Saupe model.

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Analysis of the global phase diagram of a fully connected version of a Maier-Saupe-Zwanzig lattice model with the inclusion of couplings to an elastic strain field finds a first-order boundary along which there is a coexistence of two uniaxial paranematic phases, and which ends at a simple critical point.

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