J. Phys. II France
Volume 5, Numéro 4, April 1995
Page(s) 507 - 530
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1995147
J. Phys. II France 5 (1995) 507-530

Phase Diagrams for Deformable Toroidal and Spherical Surfaces with Intrinsic Orientational Order

R.M.L. Evans

Theoretical Physics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, M13 9PL, Great Britain

(Received 25 October 1994, received in final form 20 December 1994, accepted 13 January 1995)

A theoretical study of toroidal membranes with various degrees of intrinsic orientational order is presented at mean-field level. The study uses a simple Ginzburg-Landau style free energy functional, which gives rise to a rich variety of physics and reveals some unusual ordered states. The system is found to exhibit many different phases with continuous and first order phase transitions, and phenomena including spontaneous symmetry breaking, ground states with nodes and the formation of vortex-antivortex quartets. Transitions between toroidal phases with different configurations of the order parameter and different aspect ratios are plotted as functions of the thermodynamic parameters. Regions of the phase diagrams in which spherical vesicles form are also shown.

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