### A description of the smectic phase using statistical mechanics

**Nieuwenhuis, M ***(Oxford)*

Tuesday 21 May 2013, 13:50-14:10

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute

#### Abstract

Many different interaction potentials have been used in order to model phase transitions for liquid crystals. One of the most fundamental theories used for numerical simulations is the density functional theory. However, the main task in this theory is to find a suitable approximation for the energy functional which is in general very difficult. In this short presentation I would like to give a brief overview over the techniques that can be used in order to capture the mathematical characteristics of the smectic phase.