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Elastic forces on nematic points defects

Gartland, E.C. and Sonnet, A.M. and Virga, E.G. (2002) Elastic forces on nematic points defects. Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 14 (3). pp. 307-319. ISSN 0935-1175

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Abstract

We present a general method to compute the elastic forces exerted on nematic point defects: these are the forces that set defects in motion, and so they are especially relevant to defect dynamics, a subject which is recently attracting much interest. These forces are mediated by the distortion introduced by defects in the director field; for example, they are responsible for the attraction between defects of opposite topological charge.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2067
Keywords: elastic forces, nematic point defects, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy(all), Mechanics of Materials, Materials Science(all)
Subjects: Science > Mathematics
Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2007
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 11:01
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2067

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