Generation, propagation, and switching of orientational waves in photoexcited liquid-crystalline monolayers

Tohru Okuzono, Yuka Tabe, Hiroshi Yokoyama

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Photoinduced orientational waves in illuminated liquid-crystalline monolayers is one of the most remarkable far-from-equilibrium phenomena that systems of soft condensed matter exhibit. We model this behavior from a phenomenological point of view, taking the anisotropic photoexcitation of molecules into account. Numerical simulations as well as theoretical analyses of the model reveal that the intricate interplay between the spontaneous splay deformation of the liquid-crystalline order and the anisotropy of the photoexcitation can lead to the generation and propagation of orientational waves. The model can explain all the salient features of the phenomenon—in particular, the anomalous reversal of the propagation direction upon [Formula presented] rotation of the polarization direction of illumination, which evaded theoretical explanation for nearly a decade.

本文言語English
ページ数1
ジャーナルPhysical Review E - Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
69
5
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2004 1 1
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 統計物理学および非線形物理学
  • 統計学および確率
  • 凝縮系物理学

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