A novel orientation-dependent potential model for prolate mesogens
Rull Fernández, Luis Felipe
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear|
|Abstract||An intermolecular potential is introduced for the study of molecular mesogenic fluids. The model
combines distinct features of the well-known Gay-Berne and Kihara potentials by incorporating
dispersive interactions ...
An intermolecular potential is introduced for the study of molecular mesogenic fluids. The model combines distinct features of the well-known Gay-Berne and Kihara potentials by incorporating dispersive interactions dependent on the relative pair orientation to a spherocylinder molecular core. Results of a Monte Carlo simulation study focused on the liquid crystal phases exhibited by the model fluid are presented. For the chosen potential parameters, molecular aspect ratio L*55 and temperatures T*52, 3, and 5, isotropic, nematic, smectic-A, and hexatic phases are found. The location of the phase boundaries as well as the equation of state of the fluid and further thermodynamical and structural parameters are discussed and contrasted to the Kihara fluid. In comparison to this latter fluid, the model induces the formation of ordered liquid crystalline phases at lower packing fractions and it favors, in particular, the appearance of layered hexatic ordering as a consequence of the greater attractive interaction assigned to the parallel side-to-side molecular pair configurations. The results contribute to the evaluation of the role of specific interaction energies in the mesogenic behavior of prolate molecular liquids in dense environments.
|Citation||Martínez-Haya, B., Cuetos, A., Lago, S. y Rull Fernández, L.F. (2005). A novel orientation-dependent potential model for prolate mesogens. Journal of Chemical Physics, 122 (2), 1-9.|