Shear-induced first-order transition in polar liquid crystals

25 Oct 2018 Markovich Tomer Tjhung Elsen Cates Michael E.

The hydrodynamic theory of polar liquid crystals is widely used to describe biological active fluids as well as passive molecular materials. Depending on the `shear-alignment parameter', in passive or weakly active polar fluids under external shear the polar order parameter ${\mathbf{p}}$ is either inclined to the flow at a fixed (Leslie) angle, or rotates continuously... (read more)

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  • SOFT CONDENSED MATTER
  • STATISTICAL MECHANICS
  • BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS