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Facets of Lyotropic Liquid Crystals

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posted on 21.01.2014, 00:00 authored by L. Latypova, W. T. Góźdź, P. Pierański
The bicontinuous lyotropic liquid phases surrounded by the isotropic phase form monocrystals with well-developed facets. We investigate the structure and stability of the facets formed by the bicontinuous phase of Pnm symmetry, at three preferred directions, which are developed on a spherical droplet of Pnm phase surrounded by the isotropic phase. The structure of the facets is obtained by minimization of the Landau–Brazovskii functional with one scalar order parameter.