T. Bellini, C. Chiccoli, P. Pasini, C. Zannoni, Lattice spin models of liquid crystals in aerogels, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 290, 227-236 (1996)

Computer simulation results for spin models and liquid crystal ordering in aerogels have been compared in order to assess our understanding of the modeling of these confined systems. The various models so far adopted are compared with experimental results and with simulation data for a new Lebwohl-Lasher type model with sprinkled silica spins and none is found really satisfactory.