Aggregation of Nanoparticles in a Nematic Liquid Crystal


  • B. I. Lev Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, NAS of Ukraine



nanoparticles, nematic liquid crystal, collective effect, inhomogeneity


We present a short review of our general result in [1], which concerns the behavior of a collection of nanoparticles in a nematic liquid crystal. Such liquid crystal colloids are studied for a long time, have highly peculiar characteristics, and have attracted a lot of the interest in different practical applications. A simple model of the aggregation of nanoparticles in a liquid crystal is proposed. With regard for the collective effect of the interaction between the small particles through a change in the scalar order parameter in a nematic liquid crystal, the inhomogeneous distribution of particles is predicted as distinct from possible structures in the system of macroscopic particles in a liquid crystal. The inhomogeneity length and the size of a cluster of nanoparticles are determined, and the possible peculiarities in the behavior of liquid crystals with introduced nanoparticles are described.




How to Cite

Lev, B. I. (2018). Aggregation of Nanoparticles in a Nematic Liquid Crystal. Ukrainian Journal of Physics, 62(7), 599.



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