From molecular to continuum modelling of bistable liquid crystal devices

Martin Robinson, Chong Luo, Patrick E. Farrell, Radek Erban, Apala Majumdar

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We study nematic equilibria on a square with tangent Dirichlet conditions on the edges, in three different modelling frameworks: (i) the off-lattice Hard Gaussian Overlap and Gay–Berne models; (ii) the lattice-based Lebwohl–Lasher model; and the (iii) two-dimensional Landau-de Gennes model. We compare the modelling predictions, identify regimes of agreement and in the Landau-de Gennes case, find up to 21 different equilibria. Of these, two are physically stable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalLiquid Crystals
Early online date21 Feb 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Feb 2017


  • bifurcation
  • Bistable liquid crystals
  • Gay–Berne
  • Hard Gaussian Overlap (HGO)
  • Landau-de Gennes
  • Lebwohl–Lasher

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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