Theoretical modeling of photo-induced wave propagation in liquid-crystalline Langmuir monolayers

Tohru Okuzono, Yuka Tabe, Hiroshi Yokoyama

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A phenomenological model of wave propagation in photo-excited liquid-crystalline Langmuir monolayers is constructed. The spontaneous splay deformation of the liquid-crystalline order and the anisotropy of photo-excitation of molecules are taken into account in this model. Numerical simulations of the model well reproduce qualitative features of the wave propagation phenomenon observed in recent experiments. A linear stability analysis of the model equations reveals that an interplay between the spontaneous splay deformation and the anisotropy of the photo-excitation can lead to the wave propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-119
Number of pages5
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Issue number3-4 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Langmuir monolayers
  • Nonequilibrium structures
  • Traveling wave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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