Structure of a liquid crystalline fluid around a macroparticle: density functional theory

David Cheung, Michael P. Allen

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The structure of a molecular liquid, in both the nematic liquid crystalline and isotropic phases, around a cylindrical macroparticle, is studied using density functional theory. In the nematic phase the structure of the fluid is highly anisotropic with respect to the director, in agreement with results from simulation and phenomenological theories. On going into the isotropic phase the structure becomes rotationally invariant around the macroparticle with an oriented layer at the surface.
Original languageEnglish
Article number021701
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review E: Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number2
Early online date3 Aug 2006
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006


  • nematic liquid crystalline
  • liquid crystal
  • macroparticles

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