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Shear-Induced Collapse of the Dilute Lamellar Phase

Ramaswamy, Sriram (1992) Shear-Induced Collapse of the Dilute Lamellar Phase. In: Physical Review Letters, 69 (1). pp. 112-115.

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I show that a dilute, sterically stabilized lyotropic smectic liquid crystal, subjected to a sufficiently large velocity gradient in the plane of the layers, will undergo a phase separation, with regions of reduced layer spacing coexisting with regions devoid of any layer material. The critical shear rate for this transition should go as $(layer spacing)^{-3}$.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Physical Review Letters
Publisher: The American Physical Society
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Physical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Theoretical Studies (Ceased to exist at the end of 2003)
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:30
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/8135

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