Fractional Brownian motion of director fluctuations in nematic ordering

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Temporal director fluctuations in nematic ordering were studied by computer simulation on the Lebwohl-Lasher model as well as by neutron-scattering experiments on the nematogen d-PAA. The time-series data have been analyzed by the rescaled-range method and in terms of the power spectrum in order to determine the Hurst exponent H. Theory and experiment are in good agreement. A value of H1 was found for the nematic phase, characterizing fractional Brownian motion, whereas H0.5, reflecting ordinary Brownian motion, applies in the isotropic phase. Field-induced crossover from fractional to ordinary Brownian motion was observed in the nematic phase.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1834-1837
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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