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Morphological stability analysis of vesicles with mechanical-electrical coupling effects

Gao, Lingtian; Liu, Ying; Qin, Qing Hua; Feng, Xi-Qiao


Using a recently established liquid crystal model for vesicles, we present a theoretical method to analyze the morphological stability of liquid crystal vesicles in an electric field. The coupled mechanical-electrical effects associated with elastic bending, osmotic pressure, surface tension, Maxwell pressure, as well as flexoelectric and dielectric properties of the membrane are taken into account. The first and second variations of the free energy are derived in a compact form by virtue of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Acta Mechanica Sinica
DOI: 10.1007/s10409-009-0295-x


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