Summary: EUROPHYSICS LETTERS
Europhys. Lett., 5 (8), pp. 733-739 (1988)
15 April 1988
Random Surface Model for the L3-Phase
of Dilute Surfactant Solutions.
M. E. GATES (*) (§), D. Roux(**) (§§), D. ANDELMAN(***)
S. T. MILNER(***)and S. A. SAFRAN(***)
(*) Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California
Santa Barbara, C A 93106
(**) Department of Chemistry, University of Calijornia, Los Angeles, C A 9002.4
(***) Corporate Research Science Laboratories
Exxon Research and Engineering Company, Annandule, N.J. 08801
(received 26 October 1987; accepted in final form 1 February 1988)
PACS. 82.70 - Disperse systems.
PACS. 64.705 - Liquid-liquid transitions.
PACS. 82.60 - Chemical thermodynamics.
PACS. 61.30 - Liquid crystals.
Abstract. - We present a simple model for the anomalous (flow-birefringent) isotropic phase,
known as LB,that is seen in certain surfactant solutions at volume fractions of a few percent.
The proposed structure consists of locally sheetlike sections of semi-flexible surfactant bilayer,