Ordered phases of a liquid of biaxial particles

Joseph P. Straley

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A simple model for an interacting liquid of particles lacking an axis of rotational symmetry is proposed. The four order parameters necessary to describe an ordered phase are identified. An ensemble of such particles is described by a mean field theory. A phase diagram showing both uniaxial and biaxial phases results. The model predicts a phase diagram similar to that of the phenomenological model of Alben.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1881-1887
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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