Effect of shape anisotropy on the phase diagram of the Gay-Berne fluid
Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, 221 005, Varanasi, India
Accepted: 22 April 2005
Published online: 11 July 2005
We have used the density functional theory to study the effect of molecular elongation on the isotropic-nematic, isotropic-smectic A and nematic-smectic A phase transitions of a fluid of molecules interacting via the Gay-Berne intermolecular potential. We have considered a range of length-to-width parameter 3.0 ⩽ x 0 ⩽ 4.0 in steps of 0.2 at different densities and temperatures. Pair correlation functions needed as input information in density functional theory are calculated using the Percus-Yevick integral equation theory. Within the small range of elongation, the phase diagram shows significant changes. The fluid at low temperature is found to freeze directly from isotropic to smectic A phase for all the values of x0 considered by us on increasing the density while the nematic phase stabilizes in between isotropic and smectic A phases only at high temperatures and densities. Both isotropic-nematic and nematic-smectic A transition density and pressure are found to decrease as we increase x0. The phase diagram obtained is compared with computer simulation result of the same model potential and is found to be in good qualitative agreement.
PACS: 64.70.Md Transitions in liquid crystals – / 61.30.Cz Molecular and microscopic models and theories of liquid crystal structure – / 61.30.Dk Continuum models and theories of liquid crystal structure –
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