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Single particle and collective orientational relaxation in an anisotropic liquid near the isotropic nematic transition

Perera, A and Ravichandran, S and Moreau, M and Bagchi, Biman (1997) Single particle and collective orientational relaxation in an anisotropic liquid near the isotropic nematic transition. In: Journal Of Chemical Physics, 106 (3). pp. 1280-1283.

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Abstract

We report molecular dynamics simulation results for the single particle and collective orientational correlations for Gay Berne fluid of anisotropy parameters k53 and k855. The following significant results are reported. ~i! The decay of collective orientational relaxation of rank two is found to slow down appreciably while approaching the isotropic nematic ~I N! transition. It eventually becomes even slower than the single particle orientational relaxation of rank one. Surprisingly, even the latter shows a marked slowing down near the I N transition. ~ii! Analysis of the long-time behavior shows a breakdown of the rank dependence predicted by the Debye law in the same region. ~iii! An analysis of the memory functions of the orientational time-correlation functions shows that for the collective relaxation surprisingly approaches a Markovian behavior near the I N transition.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: isotropic nematic (I-N) transition;collective orientational relaxation
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Depositing User: Swapan Roychowdhury
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/356

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