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Cylindrical, spherical and toroidal layering of smectic C liquid crystals

McKay, Geoff (2001) Cylindrical, spherical and toroidal layering of smectic C liquid crystals. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 366 (1). pp. 403-412. ISSN 1542-1406

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Abstract

This article examines static solutions to the smectic C continuum equations of Leslie et al.(1) for a variety of layer geometries. In particular it is shown that valid molecular configurations exist for cylindrical, spherical and toroidal layers. Suitable parameterizations are introduced for each surface and the Euler-Lagrange balance equations are solved in a suitable coordinate system. Plots of the surfaces are presented, and their relationship to singularities in the solutions are discussed.