Order Parameter Fields

Nematic Liquid Crystals
  • Used in Wrist Watches (twists light along director)
  • No (long-range) Translational, Head-Tail Order
  • Described by Headless Vector n(x)

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James P. Sethna, sethna@lassp.cornell.edu

Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity, now available at Oxford University Press (USA, Europe).