TITLE

Molecular dynamics simulation of backflow generation in nematic liquid crystals

AUTHOR(S)
Sunarso, Alfeus; Tsuji, Tomohiro; Chono, Shigeomi
PUB. DATE
December 2008
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;12/15/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 24, p244106
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The mechanism of backflow generation in nematic liquid crystals under the application of an electric field is investigated by molecular dynamics simulation, and the roles of intermolecular interaction in the generation of bulk velocity are investigated. It is confirmed that the reorientation of molecules by the application of an electromagnetic field induces a transient “S-shaped” bulk velocity profile. The rotation and rearrangement of molecules during the reorientation process generate a local bulk velocity gradient.
ACCESSION #
35922108

 

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