Nematics with Dispersed Polymer Networks: From Lattice Spin Models to Experimental Observables

  • Cesare Chiccoli
  • Paolo Pasini
  • Gregor Skačej
  • Slobodan Žumer
  • Claudio Zannoni
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Part of the NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry book series (NAII, volume 177)


We review our Monte Carlo studies of molecular ordering in nematic liquid crystals with dispersed polymer networks. Starting from the aligning effect of a single fiber, we study different network topographies and investigate regular and random arrays of straight and distorted polymer fibrils. We analyze the aligning ability of rough fibrils, external field-induced switching, and pretransitional ordering. The simulation output is used to calculate selected experimental observables: 2H NMR spectra, capacitance, and intensity of transmitted polarized light.


Monte Carlo Fiber Direction Polymer Fiber Ghost Particle Nematic Order 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cesare Chiccoli
    • 1
  • Paolo Pasini
    • 1
  • Gregor Skačej
    • 2
  • Slobodan Žumer
    • 2
  • Claudio Zannoni
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto Nazionale di Fisica NucleareSezione di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Oddelek za fizikoUniverza v LjubljaniLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Dip. di Chimica Fisica ed InorganicaUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly

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