LANDAU-de GENNES FREE ENERGY EXPANSION FOR NEMATIC POLYMERS.

V. V. Rusakov, M. I. Shliomis

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Abstract

The Landau-de Gennes free energy expansion coefficients for nematic polymers are evaluated on the basis of a molecular-statistical model. It is proved that the obtained expansion provides a reliable qualitative description of the phase transition to the nematic state for polymers with arbitrary molecular length and rigidity. It is demonstrated that this transition is always of the first-order type and the jump of the order parameter is weakly dependent on the molecular length and rigidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)l935-l943
JournalEurophysics Letters
Volume46
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes

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