Tangent linear hard sphere chains

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Example of the tangent linear hard sphere chain model, with m=6.

The tangent linear hard sphere chain model consists of, as the name suggests, chains of varying monomer length (), placed tangentially in a linear configuration. Each monomer is a hard sphere model and each molecule is rigid.

Liquid crystals[edit]

For smectic-A phase becomes stable. For the nematic phase becomes stable [1].

Excluded volume[edit]

The excluded volume for this model is given by ([2] Eq. 30):

where is the relative orientation of the principal axes of the molecules. See Ref. 2 for details of and .


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