Computational aspects of the smectization process in liquid crystals: An example study of a perfectly aligned two-dimensional hard-boomerang system
AbstractA replica method for calculation of smectic liquid crystal properties within the Onsager theory has been presented and applied to an exemplary case of two-dimensional perfectly aligned needlelike boomerangs. The method allows one to consider the complete influence of the interaction terms in contrast to the Fourier expansion method which uses mostly first or second order terms of expansion. The program based on the replica algorithm is able to calculate a single representative layer as an equivalent set of layers, depending on the size of the considered width of the sample integration interval. It predicts successfully smectic density distributions, energies, and layer thicknesses for different types of layer arrangement—of the antiferroelectric or of the smectic A order type. Specific features of the algorithm performance and influence of the numerical accuracy on the physical properties are presented. Future applications of the replica method to freely rotating molecules are discussed.