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Thermodynamics of blue phases in electric fields

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Original languageEnglish
Article number031706
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Abstract

We present extensive numerical studies to determine the phase diagrams of cubic and hexagonal blue phases in an electric field. We confirm the earlier prediction that hexagonal phases, both two and three dimensional, are stabilized by a field, but we significantly refine the phase boundaries, which were previously estimated by means of a semianalytical approximation. In particular, our simulations show that the blue phase I-blue phase II transition at fixed chirality is largely unaffected by electric field, as observed experimentally.

    Research areas

  • CHOLESTERIC LIQUID-CRYSTALS, LANDAU THEORY, ELECTROSTRICTION, SYSTEMS

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