Articles written in Pramana – Journal of Physics
Volume 71 Issue 3 September 2008 pp 559-572 Research Articles
This article reports a comparative study of the phase separation process in a polymer-dispersed liquid crystal, based on a Metropolis Monte Carlo simulation study of three lattice systems. We propose a model for the different processes occurring in the formation of polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs). The mechanism of PDLC is studied as a function of quench temperature, concentration and degree of polymerization of liquid crystals and polymers. The obtained resultant phase diagrams of the three systems are approximated and compared with the Flory–Huggins theory, and show a good agreement. It has been observed in the simulation results that among all the three systems, the $40 \times 40 \times 40$ lattice showed the most accurate, reliable and stable results.
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