Advances in the Computer Simulatons of Liquid Crystals
ISBN/ASIN: 9780792360995,9789401142250 | 2000 | English | pdf | 427/435 pages | 18.4 Mb
Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Author: Michael P. Allen (auth.), Paolo Pasini, Claudio Zannoni (eds.) | Edition: 1
Computer simulations provide an essential set of tools for understanding the macroscopic properties of liquid crystals and of their phase transitions in terms of molecular models. While simulations of liquid crystals are based on the same general Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics techniques as are used for other fluids, they present a number of specific problems and peculiarities connected to the intrinsic properties of these mesophases.
The field of computer simulations of anisotropic fluids is interdisciplinary and is evolving very rapidly. The present volume covers a variety of techniques and model systems, from lattices to hard particle and Gay-Berne to atomistic, for thermotropics, lyotropics, and some biologically interesting liquid crystals. Contributions are written by an excellent panel of international lecturers and provides a timely account of the techniques and problems in the field.