Representation of pair correlations in nematics
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A complete expansion of equilibrium pair correlation functions for a uniaxial nematic phase composed of axially symmetric, non-polar and chiral molecules is proposed. Full advantage is taken of the symmetry of the nematic state and of the molecules. The explicit analysis and classification of the terms involving spherical harmonics with indices not exceeding 4 is given and illustrated using computer simulations for the nematic phase of a Gay-Berne mesogen. The theory is contrasted with the commonly used approach employing invariants that describe orientational correlations in molecular fluids. The role of the new representation in obtaining a correct understanding of a variety of observables, like the elastic constants, is demonstrated. In particular, the long-standing puzzle concerning the splay-bend degeneracy is resolved.
KeywordsCorrelation Function Computer Simulation Elastic Constant Spherical Harmonic Pair Correlation
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