Effects of flexoelectricity and weak anchoring on a Freedericksz transition cell

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Abstract

We consider a mathematical model that consists of a nematic liquid crystal layer sandwiched between two parallel bounding plates, across which an external field is applied. We investigate how the number and type of solutions for the director orientation within the layer change as the field strength, anchoring conditions, and material properties of the nematic liquid crystal layer vary. In particular, we focus on how the inclusion of flexoelectric effects alters the Freedericksz and saturation thresholds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012701
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 5 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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