Maier-Saupe mean field model

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The Maier-Saupe model [1] [2] [3] is widely used as a mean field description of the nematic phase. The Maier-Saupe model is based on long-range dispersion forces, and has the form

U (\cos \theta) = \overline u_2 \overline P_2 P_2 (\cos \theta)

where \theta is the angle between the molecular symmetry axis and the director. \overline P_2 is the uniaxial order parameter.

References[edit]

  1. W. Maier and A. Saupe "EINE EINFACHE MOLEKULARE THEORIE DES NEMATISCHEN KRISTALLINFLUSSIGEN ZUSTANDES", Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A 13 pp. 564-566 (1958)
  2. W. Maier and A. Saupe "EINE EINFACHE MOLEKULAR-STATISTISCHE THEORIE DER NEMATISCHEN KRISTALLINFLUSSIGEN PHASE .1", Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A 14 pp. 882-889 (1959)
  3. W. Maier and A. Saupe "EINE EINFACHE MOLEKULAR-STATISTISCHE THEORIE DER NEMATISCHEN KRISTALLINFLUSSIGEN PHASE .2", Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A 15 pp. 287-292 (1960)

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