Nematic van der Waals Free-energy
Keywords:Phase diagrams, Nematic interactions, Free energy, Transitions.
We develop the calculation of free energy in a nematic phase for a model of spherical particles with the long-range anisotropic interaction from the van der Waals theory. We map the gas-liquid equilibrium, which is coupled to a first-order isotropic-nematic transition. We discus how the topology of the phase diagrams changes upon varying the strengths of the isotropic and nematic interactions.
Keywords: Phase diagrams; Nematic interactions; Free energy; Transitions.
© 2009 JSR Publications. ISSN: 2070-0237 (Print); 2070-0245 (Online). All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.3329/jsr.v1i3.2595 J. Sci. Res. 1(3), 409-421 (2009)
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