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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A

A Journal of Physical Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Holthaus, Martin

Editorial Board: Fetecau, Corina / Kiefer, Claus

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Volume 54, Issue 12


Computer Simulation of Chiral Liquid Crystal Phases IX. Chiral Induction in Guest-host Systems - Calculation of the Helical Twisting Power

Reiner Memmer / Folkert Janssen
Published Online: 2014-06-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zna-1999-1212


The chiral induction in liquid crystalline phases was studied by Monte Carlo simulation of the chiral Lebwohl-Lasher model. Binary guest-host systems composed of achiral and chiral molecules as well as of different chiral molecules were investigated in dependence on the composition. A cholesteric phase was induced by dissolving a small fraction of chiral molecules in a nematic phase. For dilute solutions the equilibrium pitch was found to be a linear function of the chiral dopant concentration. Independent of system size effects the application of self-determined boundary conditions enabled the determination of the symmetry adapted quantities for the chiral induction, the helical twisting power (HTP) and the achiral helical twisting power (AHTP). Additionally, a different orientational behaviour of enantiomeric dopants in the chiral surroundings of a cholesteric host phase has been determined.

Keywords : Chirality; Liquid Crystals; Computer Simulation; Induced Cholesteric Phases; Helical Twisting Power

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Received: 1999-10-29

Published Online: 2014-06-02

Published in Print: 1999-12-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A, Volume 54, Issue 12, Pages 747–754, ISSN (Online) 1865-7109, ISSN (Print) 0932-0784, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zna-1999-1212.

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