15-20 June 2014
Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne
America/Toronto timezone
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Study of chiral molecular diffusion in anisotropic liquids

18 Jun 2014, 09:00
A-226 (Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne)


Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne

Sudbury, Ontario
Oral (Student, In Competition) / Orale (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Condensed Matter and Materials Physics / Physique de la matière condensée et matériaux (DCMMP-DPMCM) (W1-5) Biophysics/Soft Condensed Matter III: Phase Behaviour and Kinetics - DCMMP-DMBP / Biophysique et matière condensée molle III: Comportement et cinétique de phase - DPMCM-DPMB


Karen Allahverdyan (Laval University)


Very often the cholesteric liquid crystals are obtained by mixing a small quantity of chiral molecules in a nematic liquid crystal host. The homogeneous mixture is obtained by molecular diffusion, which takes place due to chaotic (thermal) motion of individual molecules. This process is temperature dependent. However, the breakdown of physical symmetry also affects dramatically the diffusion process. In the present work, we study this diffusion for different boundary conditions from orientational point of view. We compare the same diffusion process with the case of non-chiral molecules. Some theoretical estimations are made to try to model the experimentally observed phenomenon.

Primary authors

Karen Allahverdyan (Laval University) Prof. Tigran Galstian (Laval University)

Presentation Materials