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Physical Review A
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Breakdown of conventional hydrodynamics in three-dimensional systems with long-ranged two-dimensional translational order

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Abstract

The influence of anharmonic elastic terms on the hydrodynamics of discotic liquid crystals is examined. These terms generate a nonlinear coupling between the velocity field and thermally excited undulation modes which, it is shown, causes four of the five viscosities in these systems to diverge as -12 at small frequencies. This implies that the attenuation of sound in these systems should scale as 32 (not 2 as in conventional materials). A simple relation between three of the diverging viscosities is found. Various experimental tests of these predictions are suggested. © 1983 The American Physical Society.

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01 Nov 1983

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Physical Review A

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