Molecular dynamics simulation of liquid crystalline polymers: what can be achieved?

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Jaroslav Ilnytskyi, Institute for Condensed Matter Physics Abstract: Polymeric liquid crystals combine the features of both the polymer and liquid crystal. Their fine-tuning is possible on the stage of synthesis which leads to a number of practical applications (high strength plastics, displays, optical data storage). We present some recent results in molecular dynamics simulations of such systems. Liquid crystalline dendrimer is studied in isotropic, nematic and smectic A solvent and we...

Tunable Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Color

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Liang-Chy Chien, Kent State University Abstract: Cholesteric liquid crystals (CLCs) in the planar texture possess the unique feature of separating incident light into its left- and right-handed circular components by reflecting one component and transmitting the other.1,2 In a planar aligned CLC with a preselected helical pitch only a single wavelength can be Bragg reflected (monochrome). In addition to the temperature dependence of Bragg reflected wavelength of a CLC, there are two ways...

Universal Aspects of Liquid Crystals

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Pavel Pieranski, University of Paris-Sud Abstract: My intention is to focus on a few selected topics that can be interesting also for non specialists. In particular, I would like to say some words about Mark Kac (one the glorious mathematicians from the Lviv School of Mathematics) and the issue of isospectral drum initiated by him. Presented at PSSM Workshop on Liquid Crystals and Colloidal Dispersions http://www.icmp.lviv.ua/statphys2009/pssm/index.html

Optical Metamaterials and Plasmonics, part 2

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Sacha Grigorento discusses optical metamaterials at the Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School in Beijing, China, July 17, 2009. Learn about this event at: http://icamconferences.org/i-camp/ Learn more about the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM) at: http://www.icam-i2cam.org/ Read about future events here: http://icam-i2cam.org/index.php/events/

Liquid Crystal Photonic Crystal Fibers, part 2

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Tomasz Wolinski discusses photonic crystal fibers at the Inter-Continental Advanced Materials for Photonics (I-CAMP) Summer School in Beijing, China, July 17, 2009. Learn about this event at: http://icamconferences.org/i-camp/ Learn more about the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM) at: http://www.icam-i2cam.org/ Read about future events here: http://icam-i2cam.org/index.php/events/