## The Smectic Phase of Spherical-Fan Shaped Molecules. A Computer Simulation Study

May 9th, 2010

A. G. Vanakaras and D.J. Photinos,

*Chem. Phys. Lett.*,**341**(1-2), 129-134 (2001).**Abstract: **We have used Monte Carlo (MC) NPT computer simulations to study a system of spherical-fan-shaped particles made of three hard discs fused along a common diameter. The calculated equation of state indicates a strong, entropy driven. first-order transition from the isotropic phase to a layered phase that has the basic characteristics of the usual smectic-A mesophase but with strongly correlated rotations about the symmetry axes of neighbouring molecules.