McKay, G. (2004) Modelling smectics in confined geometries. Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 119 (1-3). pp. 115-122. ISSN 0377-0257Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
We examine a continuum theory for smectic liquid crystals which allows some variation in the smectic layer spacing as well as the director tilt. The theory can model configurations beyond the scope of a constant director tilt approach. Two applications of the continuum description are discussed. The first models equilibrium configurations of a planar smectic C cell, where a variation in layer spacing occurs due to homeotropic type ordering on the boundary plates. Secondly, we employ the theory to examine the bookshelf and chevron structures which can form as a liquid crystal is cooled into the smectic phases.
|Keywords:||confined geometries, continuum theories, liquid crystals, Mathematics, Materials Science(all), Chemical Engineering(all), Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Condensed Matter Physics|
|Subjects:||Science > Mathematics|
|Department:||Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics|
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||05 Jan 2007|
|Last modified:||29 Apr 2016 07:40|