Spinodal decompositions driven by orientation fluctuations

A Matsuyama, R M L Evans, M E Cates

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We study early stages of spinodal decomposition (SD) in polymer/liquid crystal mixtures by solving linearized time-dependent Landau-Ginzburg equations for concentration (conserved order parameter) and orientation (nonconserved order parameter). We calculate structure factors for concentration and for orientation, depending on a quench temperature and concentration. We find a new SD process driven by instability of the orientational order parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3243-3249
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology - Section A: Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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