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Origin and structure of liquid crystalline Blue Phase III
Published in Nature Research
PMID: 32994422
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
We report here an off-lattice NVT molecular dynamics simulation study of a system of polar chiral ellipsoidal molecules, which spontaneously exhibits Blue Phase III (BPIII), considering coarse-grained attractive-repulsive pair interaction appropriate for anisotropic liquid crystal mesogens. We have observed that suitable selection of chiral and dipolar strengths not only gives rise to thermodynamically stable BPIII but novel Smectic and Bilayered BPIII as well. Further, we have demonstrated that the occurrence of BPIII and its layered counterparts depend crucially on molecular elongation. © 2020, The Author(s).
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