Freedericksz transition in nematics: Effects of non-linear shear profile and elastic anisotropy

Bagisa Mukherjee, Arup Mukherjee

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Abstract

Using the nematodynamic equations of Ericksen and Leslie, we investigate the nature of the Freedericksz transition for elastically anisotropic nematic liquid crystals between parallel plates and subject to a shear and an external magnetic field. Two types of velocity profiles are considered: the simplified (linear) profile where the velocity gradient in the bulk of the sample is constant and a more realistic non-linear profile. We investigate and characterize the differences in the director distortions and the onset of transition in these cases for a range of external field strengths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274/[636]-285/[647]
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Volume508
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Elastic anisotropy
  • Freedericksz transition
  • Non-linear shear profile

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