Thermodynamics of Blue Phases In Electric Fields.
Phys. Rev. E
031706 - ?.
We present extensive numerical studies to determine the phase diagrams of cubic and hexagonal blue phases in an electric field. We confirm the earlier prediction that hexagonal phases, both 2 and 3 dimensional, are stabilized by a field, but we significantly refine the phase boundaries, which were previously estimated by means of a semi-analytical approximation. In particular, our simulations show that the blue phase I -- blue phase II transition at fixed chirality is largely unaffected by electric field, as observed experimentally.
|Title:||Thermodynamics of Blue Phases In Electric Fields|
|Additional information:||submitted to Physical Review E, 7 pages (excluding figures), 12 figures|
|Keywords:||cond-mat.soft, cond-mat.soft, cond-mat.mes-hall, cond-mat.mtrl-sci|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Chemistry|
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