Physics of the Solid State

, Volume 60, Issue 12, pp 2656–2662 | Cite as

Effect of an Electric Field and a Temperature Gradient on the Formation of a Hydrodynamic Flow in a Thin Nematic Capillary

  • A. V. ZakharovEmail author
  • S. V. Pasechnik
  • G. I. Maksimochkin


A theoretical description of the principles of nonmechanical transportation of microliter volumes of a liquid crystal (LC) encapsulated in a thin capillary is proposed. By numerical methods within a nonlinear generalization of the classical Ericksen–Leslie theory, various regimes of formation of a hydrodynamic flow in a uniformly oriented LC cavity under the action of a temperature gradient and a double electrostatic layer naturally arising at the LC/solid interface are investigated. The sizes of an LC capillary and the parameters of the necessary thermal effect capable of initiating a flow of the LC phase in the horizontal direction are found.



This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant no. 16-02-00041a) and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (grants nos. 3.11888.2018/11.12 and 3.9585.2017/8.9).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Zakharov
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. V. Pasechnik
    • 2
  • G. I. Maksimochkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Moscow Technological University (MIREA)MoscowRussia

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