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Shape, chirality and internal order of freely suspended nematic nanodroplets

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Abstract

We investigate the properties of freely suspended nematic nanodroplets of increasing size formed by elongated Gay–Berne mesogens, using extensive molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the nanodroplets have an elongated shape with an aspect ratio changing with size and that in the 50–100 nm size range (N ≈ 50 000–100 000 particles) they show a spontaneous symmetry breaking of the surface bipolar director field into a twisted pattern, whose chirality we quantify with a specific index. The droplets are found to be inhomogeneous in terms, e.g. of the local orientational order, and a detailed description of their internal and interfacial structure is given.

Graphical abstract: Shape, chirality and internal order of freely suspended nematic nanodroplets

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The article was received on 12 Sep 2012, accepted on 04 Oct 2012 and first published on 23 Oct 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM27114A
Soft Matter, 2012,8, 11790-11800

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    Shape, chirality and internal order of freely suspended nematic nanodroplets

    D. Vanzo, M. Ricci, R. Berardi and C. Zannoni, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 11790
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM27114A

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