Memory effects and glassy behavior have been repeatedly observed in disordered nematic liquid crystals but the connection between these effects and the system topology remained unrevealed. We present an analysis of the local and global topology of the nematic ordering in the presence of quenched disorder and we show that the nematics with quenched disorder can be mapped into a system of pinned defect lines and that the memory of the system stems from the pinning of these strings. Accordingly, we show that the persistence length of the defect lines is quantitatively related to the nematic correlation length accounting for the extension of the local nematic order.
|Titolo:||Nematics with quenched disorder: pinning out the origin of memory|
|Autori interni:||BUSCAGLIA, MARCO (Secondo)|
BELLINI, TOMMASO GIOVANNI (Penultimo)
ROTUNNO, MELISSA (Primo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/07 - Fisica Applicata(Beni Culturali, Ambientali, Biol.e Medicin)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.097802|
|Tipologia:||Book Part (author)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03 - Contributo in volume|
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