Competition of lattice and basis for alignment of nematic liquid crystals.

Debenedictis, Andrew.
Atherton, Timothy J.
Anquetil-Deck, Candy.
Cleaver, D. J. (Douglas J.)
Emerson, David B.
Wolak, Matthew.
Adler, James H.

Due to elastic anisotropy, two-dimensional patterning of substrates can promote weak azimuthal alignment of adjacent nematic liquid crystals. Here we consider how such alignment can be achieved using a periodic square lattice of circular or elliptical motifs. In particular, we examine ways in which the lattice and motif can combine to favor differing orientations. Using Monte Carlo simulation and ... read more

Liquid crystals.
Tufts University. Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Tufts University. Department of Mathematics.
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A. Debenedictis, T. J. Atherton, C. Anquetil-Deck, D. J. Cleaver, D. B. Emerson, M. Wolak and J. H. Adler, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics 92 (4) (2015).
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