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Nematic elastomers with a locked-in anisotropy direction exhibit semisoft elastic response characterized by a plateau in the stress-strain curve in which stress does not change with strain. We calculate the global phase diagram for a minimal model, which is equivalent to one describing a nematic in crossed electric and magnetic fields, and show that semisoft behavior is associated with a broken symmetry biaxial phase and that it persists well into the supercritical regime. We also consider generalizations beyond the minimal model and find similar results.


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F. Ye, R. Mukhopadhyay, O. Stenull and T.C. Lubensky. (2007). Semisoft Nematic Elastomers and Nematics in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields. Physical Review Letters 98, 147801.

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Date Posted: 18 May 2011

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