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09 July 2020
 
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Elastic octopoles and colloidal structures in nematic liquid crystals
S. B. Chernyshuk ; O.M. Tovkach ; B. I. Lev ;
Date 14 May 2013
AbstractWe propose a simple theoretical model which explains a formation of dipolar 2D and 3D colloidal structures in nematic liquid crystal. Colloidal particles are treated as effective hard spheres interacting via their elastic dipole, quadrupole and octopole moments. It is shown that octopole moment plays an important role in the formation of 2D and 3D nematic colloidal crystals. We generalize this assumption on the case of the external electric field and theoretically explain a giant electrostriction effect in 3D crystals observed recently [A. Nych et al., Nature Communications extbf{4}, 1489 (2013)].
Source arXiv, 1305.3115
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