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Issue 35, 2018
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Director reorientation dynamics of ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystals

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Successful realization of ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystals has opened up the possibility to experimentally study a completely new set of fundamental physical phenomena. In this contribution we present a detailed investigation of some aspects of the static response and the complex dynamics of ferromagnetic liquid crystals under the application of an external magnetic field. Experimental results are then compared with a macroscopic model. Dynamics of the director were measured by optical methods and analyzed in terms of a theoretical macroscopic model. A dissipative cross-coupling coefficient describing the dynamic coupling between the two system order parameters, the magnetization and the nematic director, is needed to explain the results. In this contribution we examine the dependency of this coefficient on material parameters and the saturation magnetization and the liquid crystal host. Despite the complexity of the system, the theoretical description allows for a proper interpretation of the results and is connected to several microscopic aspects of the colloidal suspension.

Graphical abstract: Director reorientation dynamics of ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystals

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The article was received on 05 Jul 2018, accepted on 10 Aug 2018 and first published on 13 Aug 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01377B
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 7180-7189

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    Director reorientation dynamics of ferromagnetic nematic liquid crystals

    N. Sebastián, N. Osterman, D. Lisjak, M. Čopič and A. Mertelj, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 7180
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01377B

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