J. Phys. II France
Volume 5, Number 2, February 1995
Page(s) 243 - 248
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1995126
J. Phys. II France 5 (1995) 243-248

Phase Ordering of Marginally Flexible Linear Micelles

Paul van der Schoot

Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE, United Kingdom

(Received 23 August 1994, received in final form 3 November 1994, accepted 7 November 1994)

A second virial theory of the isotropic-to-nematic phase transition in solutions of slightly flexible micelles is presented. It is shown that even a infinitesimal flexibility of the micelles can suppress the divergences one would obtain when modeling the micelles as infinitely rigid.

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