We report a molecular dynamics simulation study on the isotropic phase of an idealized calamitic liquid crystal model with a length-to-width ratio of similar or equal to 5-6. The study focuses on the characterization of single-particle and collective orientational dynamics on approaching the phase transition to the nematic phase. Recent experimental and simulation works have suggested that a power law behavior exists at relatively short times in the decay of the time derivative of the orientational correlation functions. Qualitatively, our simulation data are consistent with these findings. Both single-particle and collective time correlation function derivatives possess, in their respective log-log plots, a linear region at very short times, whose slope is essentially independent from the thermodynamic state. Nevertheless, the single-particle orientational correlation functions are better described by a function which is the sum of a fast exponential, an intermediate stretched-exponential and a slow exponential, while the collective orientational correlation functions are satisfactorily described by a sum of two exponentials, at higher density, or by just one exponential, at lower density.
|Autori:||D. BERTOLINI; G. CINACCHI; L. DE GAETANI; TANI A|
|Titolo:||Orientational dynamics in the isotropic phase of a calamitic liquid-crystal model|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/jp0533067|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|