Dense packing of spheres around rods in supramolecular aggregates

Fraser Gray, Christopher Viney

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We consider a system of identically-sized spheres that coat a rod in a dense monolayer. We derive relationships that show how the number of spheres needed to cover a unit length of rod depends on the sphere and rod radii. The analysis could provide a stimulating exercise for students who have been introduced to the conventional examples of dense packing that are taught in many introductory physical science courses. The new class of liquid crystalline system which prompted this analysis may have applications in displays that can maintain stable liquid crystalline order over a broad range of temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-615
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000


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