Theory of modulated phases in lipid bilayers and liquid crystal films

C. M. Chen, F. C. MacKintosh

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Abstract

We present a general theory for equilibrium-modulated phases of chiral and achiral bilayer membranes and liquid crystal films. Both bulk smectics as well as freely suspended films are considered. For flexoelectric systems, continuous structural phase transitions are predicted among square-lattice, hexagonal, and distorted two-dimensional modulated phases as a function of the applied electric field. It is also shown that only uniform flat phases are predicted for thin films. One-dimensional ripple phases and two-dimensional square-lattice phases can occur with increasing film thickness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4933-4943
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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