Can a Model System of Rod-Like Particles Exhibit Both a Fluid-Fluid and a Fluid-Solid Phase Transition?

  • Alexander Wulf
  • Andrew G. De Rocco
Conference paper


The existence of an isotropic-anisotropic phase transition in a system of long rigid rods has been noted by a number of workers. Apart from its intrinsic interest, this result has been considered to have application to at least the nematic-isotropic phase transition observed for nematic mesophases, and perhaps more generally to other mesophases as well.


Free Energy Nematic Mesophases Orientational Distribution Function High Density Behavior Close Packed Density 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Wulf
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrew G. De Rocco
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Physical Sciences Laboratory, DCRTNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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