On the MaierSaupe theory of Nematic liquid crystals
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The Mathematics of Liquid Crystals
MaierSaupe theory, the first successful theoretical model of thermotropic nematic liquid crystals (LCs), is a mean field description of a system of cylindrically symmetric particles interacting via London dispersion forces. The theory predicts a uniaxial nematic phase at low temperatures, and a first order phase transition to an isotropic fluid phase as the temperature is increased. In this talk, I will first give a brief introduction of the canonical MaierSaupe theory, then extend it to biaxial LC molecules, to inhomogeneous LCs, and to higher spatial dimensions, and discuss the relation between MaierSaupe and other main theories of LCs.
This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.
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