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Prof. Tanja Schilling "Musing on Cylinders"

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Institute of Physics, group for "Statistical Physics of Soft Matter and Complex Systems", University of Freiburg

  • Seminar
When Apr 18, 2018
from 02:15 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Seminarraum A, FMF, Stefan-Meier-Str. 21, Freiburg
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Since the seminal work of Lars Onsager, hard spherocylinders have been used as a model system for liquid crystals. We will present recent computer simulation work on percolation in suspensions of spherocylinders, as a simple model for conducting composite materials. We will discuss the impact of polydispersity and alignment on the percolated network. Then we will extend the model by a charge helix to model cholesteric liquid crystals. If one wishes to observe a cholesteric phase, it is not a priori clear how to handle the boundaries of a simulation box. We will present a self-consistent method to solve this problem.

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