Crystallography Reports

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 501–509 | Cite as

Nematic-isotropic phase transition in polar liquid crystals. 1. Statistical theory

  • A. V. Emel’yanenko
  • M. A. Osipov
Liquid Crystals


The theory of transition from the nematic to the isotropic phase for liquid crystals in the system of rodlike particles with large longitudinal dipoles has been developed with due regard for the equilibrium between monomers and antiparallel molecular pairs—dimers. The order parameters of monomers and dimers are determined as well as the dimer fraction. It is shown that, in accordance with the results obtained earlier, for low values of dipole moments, the temperature of the nematic-isotropic phase transition increases with an increase of the dipole moment. However, for large dipoles, the transition temperature starts decreasing with an increase of the dipole moment because of higher dimer concentration. This provides the interpretation of the recent computer simulation, which showed a destabilization of the nematic phase in the system of rigid rods with pronounced central dipoles. The temperature dependence of the dimer fraction is also studied. The qualitative relation between the sign of the jump in the dimer fraction at the transition point and the effect of dimerization on the transition temperature are established.


Transition Temperature Dipole Moment Liquid Crystal Transition Point Nematic Phase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Emel’yanenko
    • 1
  • M. A. Osipov
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics FacultyMoscow State UniversityVorob’evy gory, MoscowRussia
  2. 2.Shubnikov Institute of CrystallographyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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