- groundstates have long range order in at least one direction, objects usually are are non-spherical molecules.
My Group's vizualization software, AViz, had a liquid crystal option, (proposed by Mike Allen, quite a while ago) that had been used for quadrupole simulations, but never for liquid crystals.
Quadrupole Pa_3 ordered state by O. Cohen, shown at left.
Amusing - this Pa_3 state is a Technion discovery by J. Felsteiner and Zvi Friedman from the late 70s.
Less amusing - AViz ``as is'' can only handle one type of object (sphere, cylinder etc) at once - we will see in a few slides how Oshri and Priel handled this.