Simulating tactoids of chiral rod-like particles

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Dokumentart: ConferencePaper
Date: 2019-04
Language: English
Faculty: 7 Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Department: Informatik
DDC Classifikation: 004 - Data processing and computer science
Keywords: Hochleistungsrechnen
Other Keywords: bwHPC Symposium
High Performance Computing
Liquid crystals
Monte Carlo simulation
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We present simulations of rod-like particles that assemble into spindle-shaped droplets, so-called tactoids, in presence of depleting but non-self interacting (Asakura- Oosawa) spheres. The shape and structure of these objects depend on the density of the depletants and on the molecular parameters of the model rodlike particles. A special property of the simulated rods is their chirality that is induced by having a helical arrangement of point charges at the surface of the rods. An equilibrium bulk phase of such particles is a cholesteric liquid crystal phase. However, in the small assemblies studied in the present work, the formation of the cholesteric phase is suppressed.

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