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The red ``star'' is a spherical colloid and the blue rod the elongated LC.
ANNEALING LIQUID CRYSTALS with COLLOIDS

  • Annealing means a slow cool with occasional rises of temperature to escape local minima.
  • The opposite is quenching - freezing ``as is'', with lots of small regions (domains) of local order.
  • The heuristic energy graph at left has both local and global minima, and a local temperature rise is needed to escape the local minima.
  • The liquid crystal molecules are represented by blue rods and the colloids by red spheres/stars.
  • The stars are built out of rod objects and have the advantage of being ``transparent''. This was Priel/Oshri's original idea.
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