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Flow and reorientation in the dynamics of nematic defects

Sonnet, A.M. and Virga, E.G. (2009) Flow and reorientation in the dynamics of nematic defects. Liquid Crystals, 36 (10-11). pp. 1185-1192. ISSN 0267-8292

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We propose a simple phenomenological model for hydrodynamic defect dynamics in nematic liquid crystals, inspired by the Ericksen-Leslie theory. We identify the main forces that govern both fluid and defect motion and we comment on their symmetry. As shown for two annihilating disclinations, our model is predictive for arbitrary length scales and topological charges.

Item type: Article
ID code: 18868
Keywords: nematic liquid crystals, defect dynamics, disclinations, Ericksen-Leslie equations, Mathematics, Materials Science(all), Chemistry(all), Condensed Matter Physics
Subjects: Science > Mathematics
Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 13:41
Last modified: 21 May 2015 11:57

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