Dynamical properties of nematic liquid crystals subjected to shear flow and magnetic fields: Tumbling instability and nonequilibrium fluctuations

Jaka Fajar Fatriansyah, Hiroshi Orihara

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Abstract

We investigate the dynamical properties of monodomain nematic liquid crystals under shear flow and magnetic fields on the basis of the Ericksen-Leslie theory. Stable and unstable states appear depending on the magnetic field and the shear rate. The trajectory of the unstable state shows tumbling motion. The phase diagram of these states is plotted as a function of the three components of the magnetic field at a constant shear rate. The phase diagram changes depending on the viscous properties of different types of nematic liquid crystals. In this nonequilibrium steady state, we calculate the correlation function of director fluctuations and the response function, and discuss the nonequilibrium fluctuations and the modified fluctuation-dissipation relation in connection with nonconservative forces due to shear flow.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012510
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume88
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2013

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