SeRC MD seminar: Formation of the Smectic-B crystalline phase from a simple single-component liquid: A molecular-dynamics study.

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The talk will be given by Prof. Mikhail Dzugutov.

Time: 8th November, 2013, 15:15

Place: FA32, AlbaNova Univ Center (http://www.biox.kth.se/contact/maps/map1.htm),
3rd floor (2 floors down if you enter from South and 2 up if from North)

Abstract: Smectic phases of liquid crystals are layered structures which have so
far only been observed in mesogenic systems composed of anisotropic
molecules. In this talk, a molecular-dynamics simulation will be
discussed demonstrating that the Smectic-B crystalline phase can be
formed in a system of particles interacting via a
spherically-symmetric potential. This finding remarkably simplifies
the basic model of smectic phases, thereby advancing our understanding
of the causes underlying the occurrence of these structures in liquid
crystals.