Thermodynamics of blue phases in electric fields

O. Henrich, D. Marenduzzo, K. Stratford, M. E. Cates

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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 2 and 3 dimensional, are stabilized by a field, but we significantly refine the phase boundaries, which were previously estimated by means of a semi-analytical 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number031706
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2010


  • phase diagrams
  • blue phases
  • hexagonal phases
  • phase boundaries
  • electric field


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